In an obvious effort to keep up with the times, Abu Dhabi authorities will let participating homes be used as holiday homes.
This new scheme is pretty much like the Airbnb system only that the platform is under the watch of the government to ensure safety and quality across the units.
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) will look over the initiative aimed to further boost the city’s tourism industry.
Participating homes will need to get a permit to be registered in the official portal where interested lodgers can scan the available properties.
Holiday properties will also be subject to a six percent tourism fee, similar to hotels.
Accommodations without the proper permit will be slapped with fines.
“The Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s decision also ensures fair competition and equal opportunities between different tourism establishments in the emirate through laws and regulations, enabling the provision of stellar services to tourists,” said H.E. Saood Al Hosani, acting undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi.
“The regulations will enable us to register all these units in one system, while providing a database for all licensed vacation homes in Abu Dhabi.
“We believe that this will help in attracting a diverse segment of visitors to the emirate, and will enable owners of unique and attractive accommodation offerings to market their units.”
For more information, visit: www.tcaabudhabi.ae