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Dubai has a substantial travel and tourism market that is growing at 4.1% annually. Avant-garde measures are being taken by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) to ensure the city remains on top of its game. Some notable ones include making tourism friendly for the differently abled and disabled, safeguarding occupational health and safety standards across the board and adopting green measures.
It comes as no surprise then that DTCM has officially added Holiday Homes to its Hotel Classification framework as an added accommodation mix in the city. These homes are fully furnished and include different sized apartments, villas and townhouses. A royal decree issued last year aims at regulating and licensing the holiday home market. Licenses will be issued by the DTCM to interested property owners for their properties after they conform to standards set by the authority like having the appropriate insurance and being of the promised standard.
Holiday Homes will be licensed only in certain earmarked parts of the city and will have either a Standard or Deluxe Classification based on amenities offered. Some areas and notable buildings which currently have holiday homes on offer are Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Village Circle, Emirates Hills, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Arabian Ranches and Dubai City Center. Rates vary depending on the location and facilities available. A night at a one-bedroom apartment at the tallest and perhaps the most iconic building in the world Burj Khalifa would set a tourist back around AED 800 while the prestigious Fairmont Residence at Palm Jumeirah will cost a visitor approximately AED 700 for a one night stay at their two-bedroom flat.
Holiday homes are usually strategically located in upmarket areas with boutiques and natural water bodies nearby. Utilities are paid for, Internet access, gymnasium and pool facilities are also available for guests. These fully furnished units are great for families and those looking for the comfort of a home away from home, even if it is only for a few days!
• Holiday Homes have been added to DTCM’s Hotel Classification Framework
• These are classified as Standard or Deluxe depending on amenities offered
• Only licensed villas or apartments can operate as holiday homes in the Emirate
Source: Bushra Hameduddin, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer