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Holiday home operators in Abu Dhabi are invited to register on the new online system

November 23, 2021

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) has issued an open invitation to all holiday home operators to register their units on its new online registration system established last year.

An Abu Dhabi official said the system, which can be accessed through the website, is part of plans to enhance and regulate the holiday home sector, responding to an increase in demand for alternatives to hotels and hotel apartments, according to a press release from DCT-Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

As a result of a decision by the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi last year, the requirements for operating holiday homes throughout the emirate came into effect. A comprehensive manual is also available for operators, which highlights how important it is to abide by the rules and regulations.

“With the official launch of the regulations for holiday homes announced last year, we now encourage holiday homes operators to register their units in the system for the safety of the Abu Dhabi community,” said Ali Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“By taking this step, Abu Dhabi residents and visitors can be assured that operators will be regulated with transparency and in accordance with the highest standards and provided with a variety of accommodation options. We look forward to continued collaboration with key partners and stakeholders on future initiatives to enhance local residents’ experiences and address important community issues.”

The executive council decided that the regulations ensure operators maintain a high standard of service for visitors when choosing accommodation while providing a wide range of options. Additionally, the rules ensure the governance of business activity and support the maintenance of residential communities.

DCT Abu Dhabi has partnered with government entities in the Emirate to develop the licensing system, including MCC, DMT, Civil Defence, and AD Police.

DCT Abu Dhabi has advised those who wish to apply for a holiday home license to contact the Licensing Department at


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