The Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) of Abu Dhabi has revised its holiday homes policy to offer new economic benefits to farmhouse owners, reported WAM.

The update aims to provide a wider range of accommodation options for tourists.

It allows farmhouse owners to obtain licences to convert their properties into holiday homes.

The policy expansion is in line with the recent decision made by the Abu Dhabi government to allow farm owners to obtain licences for economic activities.

The updated holiday homes policy now covers farm stays, caravans and RVs, enabling landlords and residential unit owners to secure multiple holiday home licences.

The move presents an important economic opportunity for investors and property management firms.

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The Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) of Abu Dhabi’s director general of tourism Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry stated: “Our expansion of Abu Dhabi’s holiday homes licensing policy to allow farmhouses to offer guest accommodations will support both Abu Dhabi’s hospitality and agri-tourism sectors.

“As the emirate witnesses substantial tourism growth, it is imperative that we continue to offer visitors unique and sustainable experiences that reflect our rich heritage and renowned Emirati hospitality.”

DCT Abu Dhabi currently offers guidance to farmhouse owners on navigating the licensing system. Its website provides a comprehensive manual.

The department aims to ensure a smooth transition and prevent potential penalties by offering a six-month grace period to farmhouse owners to obtain a licence.

It plans to implement a policy framework to promote farmhouse tourism.

This move is part of the department’s strategy to create diverse and engaging experiences for all visitors to the emirate.