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Is Dubai a Safe Holiday Destination for Unmarried Couples?
By Andrew
 November 16, 2015     Comments (0)        

Dubai is a very safe place to go on holiday for everyone. The crime rate in Dubai is very low and you can safely walk around at night time without any hassle. However, being an Arab state which practises Islam, there are certain rules and customs that you have to consider before arriving to ensure that you avoid any mishaps on your holiday. If you’re a young couple planning your first holiday to Dubai, then you’ll obviously want to stay in a glamorous place at a reasonable price. Dubai Marina offers many safe, luxury and affordable apartments for rent. But please bear in mind, before you step off that plane; remember to keep these very important rules in the forefront of your mind when on holiday in Dubai: Drink Responsibly – Although there are places where you can drink alcohol in Dubai, it is highly recommended that you don’t go overboard. Public displays of drunken behaviour are not tolerated. It is forbidden to drink on the streets and can cost you a hefty fine if you’re caught. Dress Appropriately – Wearing your bikini and trunks are allowed on private beach...


Christmas Present Idea for your loved one: A trip to Dubai?
By Andrew
 November 13, 2015     Comments (0)        

Are you struggling to find that one special gift for your loved one this year? Or maybe you’re fed up of buying a present that just goes to waste in the cupboard along with all the others you’ve bought over the years? Well, why not try something different this year and treat your loved one to an unforgettable trip to Dubai? Apart from being a trip of a lifetime, it’ll also put you in your partner’s good books for years to come and give them great memories that will live forever! What would you rather? Look at pictures of your amazing time in Dubai, or stare at your expensive new china set? People aren’t going to care about it…they’ll be asking about Dubai! If you’re looking to book a trip to Dubai in January or February, expect to see temperatures around the 20°C mark, which is still very pleasant - you’ll probably need to take a jacket for those romantic evenings with your other half however. Whilst everyone is back home worrying about how much they’ve spent this year or already failing their New Year’s resolutions, you’ll also be continuing the good times in Dubai with these amazing things to do this winter in Dubai: The Dubai Jazz Festival Love a bit of Jazz? Well, from 25th – 27th January, the Dubai Jazz Festival attracts thousands of music fanatics from all around. This year, it’s being held at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Post Festival Depression is real. It's been a month but we're still listening to Bonfire Heart, All Of Me and Every Breath You Take. Share your festival memories in the comments below! A photo posted by DubaiJazzFest (@dubaijazzfest) onMar 31, 2015 at 12:47am PDT Global Village festival You and your partner can explore the wonders and different cultures of the world at the nation’s biggest...


Renting with Airbnb and the Holiday Home Law in Dubai
By Imran
 October 26, 2015     Comments (0)        

All you need to know about renting with Airbnb in Dubai Airbnb in Dubai offers over 100 shared rooms, 300+ private rooms in shared properties, and over 300 entire homes or apartments across the emirate. Everyone’s talking about it; you may have visited the website and might have even signed up as a guest or host. Booking a stay on this peer to peer network has revolutionised the self-catering holiday accommodation market across the globe, connecting owners directly to guests in an easy to administer format. The global rise of Airbnb has made it the biggest accommodation provider in the world, bigger than some of the oldest established international hotel chains. While this competition is healthy for the consumer, the hotel lobby argue that a level playing field does not exist between them offering an officially recognised and rated hotel room and paying local taxes and fees, and an unregistered individual offering a spare room or apartment for less and without any of the same commercial rules of compliance. As all major cities across the globe depend on regulated tourism, governments are waking up to address this disparity and to ensure stable residential communities are not over run by a transient society. Authorities are working to maintain a healthy balance between community stability and the commercial benefits of tourism, whilst collecting applicable taxes from tourists wherever they choose to stay. The Dubai Holiday Home Law Introduced in 2013 to regulate the globally emerging short term accommodation rental sector, it was passed with the aim to help the emirate achieve its target of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by 2020. Under the said law it is illegal to rent a spare room, or shared room in any property in the emirate. Shared accommodation is not recognised as a commercial activity hence anyone renting in this manner is definitely on the wrong side of the law. Subletting a part of a property if you are a tenant is also illegal unless you have the explicit permission of the owner to do so in your tenancy contract The government requires registration of complete apartments or villas, in designated areas of the emirate, to obtain a holiday home permit via a locally licensed operator. Licensed operators must also collect the Tourism Dirham Fee from all guests staying at any licensed holiday home holding a valid permit. Prior to 2013, short term rentals operated in a “grey area” – being neither legal nor illegal. As property rules and regulations have now caught up with the eminent rise of the real estate sector in Dubai, the laws are now very black and white. Anyone found flouting the rules will face prosecution and heavy fines. Tips for Airbnb Guests Staying in Dubai It’s simple to book an entire apartment or villa in Dubai, or even stay in a spare room with a host in Dubai. This can save you a lot of money compared to booking in one of the city’s more luxurious hotels, but is it legal? If you are thinking about booking a stay in Dubai via Airbnb, the fundamental question to ask a host is: “Does the Airbnb property in Dubai have a valid holiday home permit issued by the Tourism Department?” If the answer is YES, then you’re in safe hands. This means that you’re dealing with a licensed Airbnb operator, based locally in Dubai who is authorized to collect the tourism fee as mandated by the Government. The local operator will be responsib...


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