Dubai Tourism partners with Airbnb

George Sell By George Sell
19 May 2016 | Updated 19 May 2016

UAE: Dubai tourism has signed an agreement with Airbnb “to help to grow and diversify the emirate’s tourism sector”.

The number of Airbnb guests staying in Dubai properties has nearly doubled over the past year, with nearly 3,500 listings across the emirate, the company said.

Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has signed an initial agreement with Airbnb just a month after it introduced regulations simplifying short-term rentals in Dubai via Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms.

Under the terms of the agreement, Airbnb will work with Dubai Tourism to help prevent breaches of the newly drafted regulations by informing all host members of the Dubai Tourism rules, as well as working with Dubai Tourism to promote tourism within the emirate.

"Airbnb is good news for Dubai. It helps grow and diversify tourism, increase consumer choice and will attract new guests to this exciting destination," said Airbnb's EMEA managing director Olivier Gremillon.

Dubai Tourism's new regulations dropped requirements for homeowners and renters to register via an approved operator, enabling them to apply directly to Dubai Tourism for a holiday home licence. Licensees are expected to meet quality standards covering amenities, health and safety, insurance necessities and a code of conduct. They would also be accountable for legislative requirements and complaint management policies, correct listing to visitors and the proper maintenance of their properties.

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