Emaar Holiday Operations Ban Won’t Hold


According to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the ban imposed on holiday operations by Emaar will not hold. DTCM is the principal authority for planning, supervision and development of the tourism sector in Dubai. Emaar is a master developer. It recently imposed a ban on holiday operations within their communities. However, the DTCM has ruled in favour of holiday home owners.

DTCM Does Not Rule in Favour of Emaar

On September 4th, Emaar told holiday home operators that they must cease their leasing activities in the Downtown Dubai area. This was to start on September 19th. The developer sent letters to owners stating that short term rentals were causing disturbances to residents with long term leases. Luckily for holiday home owners, the DTCM has stated that the ban cannot be enforced. It went as far as to say that even the master developer itself could not enforce the ban on holiday home owners.

Vinayak Mahtani from bnbme, a short term rental and property management services application, said: “It’s been clear all along that DTCM is the governing body in deciding where holiday homes can operate and where they can’t. We understand that Emaar was only trying to protect its residents and should be credited for doing so, but the decision to ban holiday homes was never theirs to make.”

Currently, the developer has not issued a statement. It is thought that DTCM will issue an official statement sometime soon.