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In April 2016, the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has issued a new regulation (Executive Resolution n°1/2016) to allow individual residential unit owners and their authorized tenants to register their homes as Holiday Homes (short-term rentals) and obtain a short-term permit directly.
Holiday homes are furnished accommodations which are rented as a whole unit on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis without the issuance of a regulated tenancy agreement.
Every Holiday Homes should be registered with DTCM in order to obtain a Holiday Home permit. The registration can be processed online and the tenants will have to submit a copy of their Lease and certificate of no-objection by their landlord.
The Host will have to classify the unit as “Standard” or “Deluxe”, through based on classification criteria (provided at TABLE 1 of the DTCM Regulation). The DTCM regularly inspects the registered property for compliance : submitting false data may result in the cancellation of the Holiday Home permit
Once the registration completed, the Host must satisfy some requirements, stated in the DTCM Executive Resolution n°1/2016. We strongly encourage our Hosts to refer to this regulation, especially Section (3) and TABLE 2.
For instance, the Host must maintain an appropriate insurance (including comprehensive landlords’ and public liability), have a local representative to manage Guest relations and maintain full records about short-term rental activities for 3 years minimum.
Also, a certain number of informations must be displayed in the unit (in both Arabic and English), including a notice of the procedure to be followed in case of emergency, emergency contacts and the House Rules specified at TABLE 4 of the DTCM Executive Resolution n°1/2016.
Building and Housing standards
DTCM requires every Hosts to ensure their Holiday Homes are complying with the relevant Decree, Resolution and Regulations (see a list here). It should also abide by the relevant planning, building and fire safety and health regulations of Dubai and UAE.
The Hosts have to ensure collection of applicable fees and remit to the relevant Government entities in respect of such fees, including :
- Municipality Fee (10% of the total sales value) : assessed on all bookings of registered Holiday Homes. For more information and contacts, visit this page on the official website of the Dubai Government
- Tourism Dirham Fee (10 or 15 AED per bedroom per night of occupancy, whether the Holiday Home is “standard” or “deluxe”) : the Hosts have to collect it from the Guests and remit it to the DTCM online. For more information, read this FAQ about Tourism Dirham.