Airbnb has arrived: You will now be able to rent a holiday home in Abu Dhabi via the site

Authorities will be able to better monitor the rental sector in the city.

Looking for a holiday home will become a lot easier after the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) signed a new agreement with international vacation rental platform, Airbnb.

Offering visitors and residents an alternative option to staying in hotels, the two organisations will promote the holiday home sector in the UAE capital following DCT Abu Dhabi’s request holiday homeowners to register on its new online licensing system to help regulate and enhance this growing market within the tourism sector earlier in the year.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations will see Airbnb provide DCT Abu Dhabi access to its city portal, enabling the government department to monitor data and insight about rental activities taking place in the city.

Airbnb will also provide a dedicated page on its website outlining all of the hosts’ responsibilities.



His Excellency 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 residents in Abu Dhabi are provided with more choice for safe and secure short-term accommodation.

“This cooperation will help us meet the rising demand for high-quality alternatives to established hotels and hotel apartments across Abu Dhabi.”


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