Is your Dubai Holiday Apartment or Villa Licensed?
From June 2014 it became illegal to operate a property as a holiday home without an official Holiday Home permit issued by the DTCM (Dubai Tourism Authority). Renting your property daily, weekly, or even monthly for a period of up to 6 months now requires a permit and operators licence.
A Holiday Home permit for your property is only available via a locally licenced Holiday Home Operator, registered with the DTCM. Registration requires an operator to meet the following criteria and rules
1. Set up an LLC trade licence with a local sponsor (49% ownership)
2. Operate a minimum of 20 properties at all times
3. Demonstrate experience in the industry and hospitality sector
4. Be available 24 hours a day to service all guests in house
5. Hold a suitable insurance policy
6. Provide electricity and water within the cost of any rental
7. Properly maintain all properties
8. Rent for any period up to a maximum of 6 months
9. Collect the Dubai Tourism Dirham separately to booking charges
10. Provide access to all data and statistics for audit by the DTCM
11. Allow the DTCM to inspect all properties
12. Only rent complete properties, not separate rooms within an apartment or villa
How do I Licence my Property?
The easiest way forward is to register your apartment or villa with an already registered Holiday Home operator. There are many officially licensed Holiday Home management companies in Dubai that can take care of the new legislation on your behalf. The DTCM will be undertaking an enforcement drive very soon to ensue only properly licensed properties are available and managed by licensed operators. If you do not have a permit and are not working with a licensed operator you could face fines starting from 5,000 AED and upwards if you repeatedly flout the rules.
How much does it Cost?
Dubai Holiday Home permits cost from 300 AED for a studio or one bedroom apartment, and then upwards by the same amount for each additional bedroom. So a permit for a 3 bedroom apartment will cost (3 x 300 AED) + 60 AED (admin fee) = 960 AED. The fee is capped at 1,200 AED for apartments or villas from 4 bedrooms or larger.
The permit is renewable annually. If you need to change operator and transfer your permit from one company to ano...
If you’re going to Dubai then make it a ‘must’ to try the following foods.
Why? Well, you’ll feel short-changed if you leave the city without indulging in these tasty local delicacies.
You know how the saying goes: “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Well, in Dubai, you should apply this expression to food and eat like the locals do - the food is absolutely sensational.
Take a look to see what has made our list:
Whilst you may have had a shawarma at your local restaurant back in the UK, it won’t have anything on the real deal that’s served in Dubai. This popular Middle Eastern sandwich wrap, made with lamb or chicken, is simply divine.
#shawarmastationuae #shawarmacatering #party #shawarmadubai
A photo posted by Shawarma Station (@shawarmastationuae) onMar 21, 2014 at 2:26am PDT
If you’re a veggie, falafel is the way forward.
Not a veggie? You’ll still love this mouth-watering dish, which is essentially a modified version of French fries! Who would have thought?!
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Pitta and hummus is a match made in heaven. In fact, a shawarma isn’t the same without this delicious dip!
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Tabbouleh in Dubai is to die for...
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… And so is luqaimat, a typical Arabic dessert you won’t be able to get enough of.
THE #SWEET LIFE Try these #traditional #Emiratides...
Destination Weddings have become all the rage for couples tying the knot. So if you’re thinking of organising your dream wedding abroad, why not choose Dubai?
You're sure to get some amazing photos to remember!
One of the most important things to consider is surely the venue, so here at My Dubai Stay, we thought it would be a good idea to share some of the most beautiful wedding venues in the city with you.
1. Atlantis, The Palm
This five-star hotel is an extremely popular wedding venue and it’s no wonder why. Whether you’re after a large wedding with all your friends and family or a smaller, more intimate ceremony, the Atlantis can accommodate your every need.
There are different wedding packages available, plus you can choose from seven venues.
Be sure to choose this spectacular event venue and you won’t be disappointed.
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2. Burj Al Arab
How impressive would it be to say that you got married at the Burj Al Arab? Not only is it the world’s only seven-star hotel, but it stands as the tallest too. And you can celebrate your special day at this iconic landmark.
Fancy saying your vows whilst overlooking the Arabian Sea? Well, this hotel is perfect.
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3. One&Only Royal Mirage
One&Only Royal Mirage is a treasured wedding venue and you can hold your big day here without spending a fortune, making t...
If you’re planning on visiting the beautiful city of Dubai, there are a number of things you should learn to avoid causing offence. Take a look here to discover the 7 things to never do in Dubai and you’ll stay out of trouble.
1. Drink Alcohol in Non-Designated Areas
It may not be a part of the culture to drink alcohol but it is widely available in Dubai, mainly because of the high number of expats and tourists.
However, be sure to drink alcohol only in the comfort of your own home or other private locations. Why? Well, it is illegal to drink in the street or in a public space, unless of course, it is at a licensed establishment such as a bar, club or restaurant.
2. Public Displays of Affection
Public displays of affection are thought to be indecent in Dubai, so be mindful of this and keep your canoodling for behind closed doors.
Authorities will take action if you’re engaging in affectionate gestures that are deemed offensive to their culture, no matter how minor they may seem to you. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so be sure to refrain from all forms of PDA, just in case.
3. Wear Inappropriate Clothes
Granted, it’s hot in Dubai, but it’s still not accepted to wear skimpy clothes. Swimwear should only be worn at the beach or at the swimming pool, and women must not go topless.
Dubai is part of a Muslim country so it’s respectful to dress conservatively like the locals. Emirati women wear long dresses that reveal very litt...
Have you always dreamt of travelling to the stunning city of Dubai?
Well, you can. You see, whilst Dubai is renowned for its extravagant lifestyle, you can in fact visit the city without denting your bank balance.
Here you can learn how.
Opt for Self-Catering Accommodation
Of course it’ll be tempting to stay in a swanky hotel in Dubai, but if you’re money conscious, it’s not that feasible. Why not opt for self-catering accommodation instead?
This will be a much cheaper option, particularly if there is a big group of you going away as you can split the cost of a villa between you.
Self-catering accommodation provides amenities for you to prepare and cook meals as and when you wish. So, instead of paying for bed & breakfast or all-inclusive facilities, you can cater for yourself.
And the beauty of self-catering is that if you fancy treating yourself to a meal then you can dine out at the restaurants in Dubai Marina or Downtown Dubai, but the option is always there for you to eat in and save a few pounds.
Whilst you may not think it’ll make much of a difference to book online, you’d be surprised. High-street prices are typically more than online prices, mainly because a store on the high-street employs staff who needs to be paid, so their salaries are included in your holiday prices, along with the overhead costs of running a store. Cheeky, right?
Booking online might take some researching, but it’ll certainly be worth it for the savings you’ll gain. Be sure...
Ourholiday apartments in Dubaiare all self-catering, giving you the option to whip up something delicious as and when you wish, or to explore some of the most desirable locations in the city to dine.
You can find our holiday apartments at the Island Jumeirah, Dubai Marina,...
If you’re heading to Dubai, you’ll want to know what clothes to pack, especially if you’ve heard mixed reviews about what you can and can’t wear in the city! Follow our guide and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday without worrying about offending the locals.
1. Women should wear dresses, shorts or skirts to the knee when walking around
#HOLIDAY ☀️ // #break #takeabreak #enjoylife #hkig #hklife #hkiggirl #hkiglife #instahk #madeinhk #OOTD #CLKooTD #outfitoftoday #striped #longskirt #niceweather #lovelife
A photo posted by @girlsareweird_ onJul 13, 2015 at 12:28am PDT
2. If it’s above the knee, wear leggings underneath!
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3. It’s fine to wear bikinis on the beach…
4. …As long as you keep your bikini top on – It’s illegal to go topless
#nofilter #nobikinitop #nosadboyfriend
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In between sipping on champagne and dining out at Dubai’s finest restaurants, you’ll no doubt want to find some budget meals to satisfy your taste buds as well as your bank balance!
Here you can discover some of the tastiest street food joints in the city.
If you’re after seafood, Bu Qtair is the place to go. This quiet little shack serves up the most heavenly shrimps and to-die for hammour!
You may have to wait as this place is extremely popular, but it’s certainly worth it; in fact, many have described the fish as the best in town. Why miss out on this hidden gem? Bu Qtair is a must-visit.
'Bout to dive into this! #BuQtair #seafood #mydubai #anthonybourdain #Jumeirah #noreservations #foodporn #beach
A photo posted by Craig Wong (@craigwong) onMay 19, 2015 at 3:11pm PDT
Fancy some authentic Asian food? Look no further than Noodle Bowl. The food here is simple yet packed full of flavour, plus the portion sizes are extremely generous; what’s not to like?!Noodle Bowl offers truly delicious food at reasonable prices.
In fact, it’s such a hit amongst both locals and tourists that the Dubai location spawned restaurants in Abu Dhabi and Korea too! With over 200 dishes to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice at Noodle Bowl, so you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy.
#iftar last night at the fabulous Noodle Bowl in the bowling centre. I can't recommend this place highly enough. #noodle #chinesefood #noodlebowl #zayedsportscity #khalifabowlingcenter #bowling #inabudhabi #abudhabi #iloveabudhabi #ilovetheuae #uae
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In November 2013, it was decided that the United Arab Emirates would host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020. And with the event playing a significant role in transforming Shanghai into a thriving cultural district at the last one in 2010, Dubai will undoubtedly benefit from being the host city.
The event, a trade convention that takes place every five years, has never been held in the Middle East, North Africa or South Asia (MENASA) before. So, as you can imagine, it was a monumental moment when Dubai discovered that they had won the bid to host in 2020.
World Expos last six months, and during this run, the host city attracts millions of visitors. And Dubai is no exception. The city is expected to bring in 25 million visitors, either as exhibitors for the event or tourists. To put this into perspective for you, think of London during the 2010 Olympics; Dubai will be buzzing with life. So, how will the city benefit from the World Expo?
Aviation and Transport
Dubai International Airport is undergoing extensive redevelopment and expansion to accommodate the millions of people who will be visiting the city for the event. It is thought that up to 300,000 people a day will visit the Expo from all around the world, including exhibitors from more than 180 nations.
The airport is currently having a whopping $7.8bn of renovation in order for the facility to cope with 90 million passengers per year. The improvements include the construction of Concourse 3 and Concourse 4, plus expansions to Terminal 1 and 2.
Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central is only a short journey from the proposed Expo 2020 site in Jebel Ali, so this will also see an influx of visitors during 2020. Once airline Emirates move to this airport, which is likely to happen within the next decade (fingers crossed by 2020!) the airline will be able to double in size.
According toSaj Ahmad, chief analyst at aviation consultancy StrategicAero Research, rival host cities Brazil, Russia and Turkey don’t even come close to Dubai, and not only in terms of airports, but the cities’ geographic locations and flag carriers too. He added, “With Emirates in particular, leveraging Dubai's unique geographic location to pull inand take traffic through Dubai, the other candidate cities do not even have a flagship airline capable of doing the same.”
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Tourism and Hospitality
During 2012, Dubai welcomed more than 10 million international visitors for the first time ever, an impressive 9% increase from the previous year. And that was just the start of the city’s tourism boost. By the time the Expo takes place in 2020, Dubai is expected to have doubled its number of visitors to 200 million a y...
If you are considering booking a self-catering holiday apartment or villa in Dubai make sure it is properly licensed. The new law for Holiday Home Rentals in Dubai has been in effect since June 2014, making it illegal to rent a home for vacation rentals without holding a valid permit issued by the DTCM - Dubai Tourism Department.
LICENSED HOLIDAY HOME RENTAL COMPANIES
Holiday Home permits are only issued to local operators based in Dubai, if you are dealing with a person or company outside of Dubai please check first if they hold an operators license and a unique official permit for the property you are about to book. If they do not have both of these, we suggest you steer well clear. Whilst websites like HomeAway, TripAdvisor and AirBnb make it easy to rent a holiday home in Dubai direct from the owner, many owners are still not aware of the new local rules.
It’s also illegal to rent part of your home, like a spare bedroom, accommodation sharing is strictly not allowed as a commercial activity in Dubai. We recommend avoiding this type of rental to stay on the right side of the local laws.
The internet is a great place to research and find cheap accommodation in Dubai, but can also turn into your worst nightmare if you get caught out booking with the wrong host. As the local authorities roll out the new rules it is becoming more difficult to operate without a local licence, good news for the protection of visitors like you
MAKE SURE YOUR PAYMENT IS SAFE
Be careful, internet scams where fake listings are added to online classified portals can catch you out if you are not alert. You will probably call a mobile number, be asked to pay for your booking by direct bank transfer, and then when you arrive you find your booking or property does not exist! Events like this, although rare, can occur where the real owner is not aware about you or your booking. If you have booked with a properly licensed operator based in Dubai then you are guaranteed your booking is legitimate, the property holds a permit, and the company is registered locally.
We also recommend that you always make payment by credit card whenever possible, especially if you are outside of Dubai or the UAE. Your credit card company acts as a guarantee that they have checked the company...
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