New Airbnb Deal Set to Boost Holiday Home Sector in Abu Dhabi

High-quality accommodation options for visitors looking for alternatives to traditional hotels in the UAE capital have been given a significant boost after a new agreement was signed be-tween the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and popular inter-national vacation rental platform Airbnb.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see the two organisations collaborate to pro-mote the holiday home sector in the UAE capital. The MoU follows DCT Abu Dhabi’s request earlier this year for holiday homeowners to register on its new online licensing system to help regulate and enhance this growing market within the tourism sector.

Under the MoU, Airbnb will provide DCT Abu Dhabi with access to its City Portal, which will share important data and insights on the Airbnb platform about rental activities taking place in Abu Dhabi. Airbnb will also launch a dedicated responsible hosting page on the platform, help-ing new and existing hosts in the emirate with understanding and following local rules for holi-day homes. Furthermore, areas of collaboration include supporting DCT Abu Dhabi in encourag-ing holiday home hosts to comply with regulations and raising awareness of Abu Dhabi’s diver-sity in accommodation offerings.

H.E. Saood Al Hosani, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “The signing of this agreement with Airbnb demonstrates our commitment to expanding accommodation options available in Abu Dhabi that will enhance the emirate as a premier tourism destination in the region. In partnering with the world-leading home rental platform, we are ensuring tourists and resi-dents in Abu Dhabi are provided with more choice for safe and secure short-term accommoda-tion. This cooperation will help us meet the rising demand for high-quality alternatives to es-tablished hotels and hotel apartments across Abu Dhabi.”

As a regulator of holiday homes in Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi will use such strategic agree-ments to enable leading holiday home rental platforms to offer short-term rentals responsibly, and to help diversify the growing tourism and hospitality sectors.

Velma Corcoran, Regional Lead Middle East Africa at Airbnb, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to help encourage respon-sible hosting and to boost tourism in the emirate. This partnership will contribute to help grow and diversify tourism, increase consumer choice, and attract new guests to this exciting desti-nation. We look forward to working together with DCT Abu Dhabi, and to the many opportuni-ties this partnership creates for travelers in the future.”

Source: Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi