New Airbnb deal set to boost Abu Dhabi vacation home industry

High-quality accommodation options for visitors looking for alternatives to traditional hotels in the capital of the United Arab Emirates have received a significant boost after the signing of a new agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and Airbnb.

The MoU will see the two organizations work together to promote the holiday home sector in the UAE capital. The MoU follows DCT Abu Dhabi’s request earlier this year for holiday home owners to register on its new online licensing system to help regulate and improve this growing market in the tourism sector.

As part of the MoU, Airbnb will provide DCT Abu Dhabi with access to its city portal, which will share important data and information on the Airbnb platform regarding rental activities taking place in Abu Dhabi. Airbnb will also launch a dedicated responsible hosting page on the platform, helping new and existing hosts in the emirate understand and follow local rules for holiday homes. Additionally, areas of collaboration include supporting DCT Abu Dhabi to encourage holiday home hosts to comply with regulations and raising awareness of Abu Dhabi’s diverse accommodation offerings.

As the regulator of vacation homes in Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi will use these strategic agreements to enable leading vacation home rental platforms to responsibly offer short-term rentals and to help diversify growth sectors. tourism and hospitality.

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