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Dubai issues order to clarify holiday home rules


DUBAI – The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced an administrative order clarifying the law on holiday home activities in Dubai.

Dubai Tourism did not give specifics about the order, but said it outlines regulations for operators, homeowners and authorised tenants who wish to obtain a holiday home license.

According to Dubai Tourism, the new rule “has been produced in collaboration with the Supreme Legislation Committee to further diversify tourism in the emirate and boost competition through safe and transparent operations”.

It comes after a dispute in September between Emaar and holiday home operators after the developer issued a letter calling on all holiday home businesses to cease their activities in the Downtown Dubai for short stays.

Holiday home operators took up the issue with authorities, who intervened and said Emaar could not enforce such a ban.

According to Dubai Tourism, the technical requirements, guidelines and processes will be mapped out in a detailed guide, which will also provide an overview of the operations of a holiday home, how a licence can be obtained and should be maintained, and the rights and liabilities of developers, operators and homeowners.

“This new administrative resolution will reassure the industry that we are taking steps to regulate the operation of holiday homes, providing a comprehensive classification and verification process and ensuring global best practices are adopted to increase competitiveness, transparency, safety and standardisation of the sector,” said Khalid Bin Touq, executive director of Tourism Activities and Classification Sector at Dubai Tourism.

Bin Touq said Dubai’s holiday homes market has witnessed continuous growth over the past few years, “driven by increasing demand for a wide range of accommodation options from the emirate’s diverse traveller segments”.

“Recognising this growing popularity for the Holiday Homes concept, Dubai Tourism is committed to enhancing the product offering, fuelling increased visitation, and making Dubai the world’s preferred destination,” he said.

“We remain in continuous contact with the industry to ensure the processes and requirements are clear, and as the official governing entity for the holiday home sector, we encourage all operators and developers to share their challenges and disputes with us to strengthen our collective efforts in showcasing the city’s multi-dimensional accommodation portfolio,” he added.

Since holiday home operations began in 2015, the sector has witnessed an average yearly growth of 42 percent, with rented housing units growing from 4,738 units in 2018 to 7,005 units in 2019. ICA/Expat Media

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