Dubai – “ASWAQ”
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) have teamed up with Airbnb to promote responsible rentals in view of the increasing number of holiday homes registered in the emirate. The number of Airbnb guests staying in Dubai properties has nearly doubled over the past year, with approximately 3,500 listings across the emirate.
Dubai Tourism said it signed an agreement with Airbnb to boost growth and diversify the emirate’s tourism sector, one month after Dubai Tourism updated regulations simplifying short-term holiday home rentals in Dubai booked via Airbnb and other short-term home rental websites. The new regulations dropped requirements for homeowners and home renters to register via an approved operator, enabling them to apply directly to Dubai Tourism for a holiday home licence.
To become a holiday home provider in Dubai, homeowners are required to meet quality standards on amenities, health and safety, insurance necessities and a code of conduct, in addition to accountability for legislative requirements and complaint management policies, correct listing to visitors and the proper maintenance of their properties.
The MoU also defines Airbnb’s obligation to work with Dubai Tourism in preventing breaches of the new regulations by informing all host members of the rules. Under the terms, Airbnb will also work with Dubai Tourism to promote tourism within the emirate.
Airbnb’s EMEA Managing Director, Olivier Gremillon said,“Airbnb is good news for Dubai. It helps grow and diversify tourism, increase consumer choice and will attract new guests to this exciting destination.”