Qatar launches holiday home regulation ahead of World Cup

Qatar: Qatar Tourism is preparing to introduce a comprehensive licensing and classification process to regulate the operation of privately owned vacation homes.

The new regulation outlines the requirements for home owners to apply for a license, including quality standards, equipment, health and safety, accessibility criteria, code of conduct and environmental sustainability. Similar to the Qatar Clean program, the Holiday Home Regulation is part of Qatar Tourism’s efforts to promote a safe and enjoyable experience for those visiting Qatar.

The move is part of Qatar’s goal to further diversify and increase offerings, in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which develops products and services to attract visitors for 2022 – when the country hosts the FIFA World Cup. football world – and beyond.

Qatar Airways Group CEO and Chairman of Qatar Tourism, HE Akbar Al Baker, said: “As we prepare for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we strive to ensure a seamless experience for fans, rooted in the tradition of Qatari hospitality. With a diverse range of hospitality options in hotels, onboard cruise ships, stadiums and luxury campsites, Qatar Tourism works with stakeholders to provide the best experience for visitors across touch points. This new regulated vacation home service will therefore allow fans to choose from more hospitality choices, while retaining the luxury and service excellence for which Qatar is known.

Qatar Tourism has upgraded its system to facilitate new license applications for owners and authorized tenants who can now apply for a vacation home license through the e-Services portal.

Owners are responsible for ensuring the unit meets all legislative and maintenance requirements and is accurately listed with all necessary amenities and customer service provided. Frequent inspections will be carried out by Qatar Tourism in order to maintain the standards.

The move mirrors those taken by other Gulf states such as Dubai, which introduced similar measures in 2020.

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