Everything you need to know about Qatar Tourism’s Holiday Home Regulation Program

Everything you need to know about Qatar Tourism’s Holiday Home Regulation Program

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Do you own or rent a villa or apartment in Qatar? You might want to consider renting it out to international visitors through one of the prominent platforms for holiday home rentals.

With Qatar Tourism's Holiday Home Regulation Program, homeowners in the country can apply for a rental license and undergo a classification process based on certain requirements. These include quality standards, amenities, health and safety regulations, accessibility criteria, code of conduct, and environmental sustainability.

The program seeks to promote a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors to the country, giving them peace of mind to explore Qatar’s diverse offerings while enjoying its unparalleled hospitality.

The new licensing procedure also ensures that international best practices are adopted to enhance transparency, safety and consistency in the country's tourism sector.

Homeowners are accountable for ensuring the unit meets all legislative and maintenance requirements and is accurately listed with all necessary amenities and guest services provided. Frequent inspections will be conducted by Qatar Tourism in order to maintain standards.

The move is a part of Qatar’s objective to further diversify and increase offerings, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, which develops products and services to attract visitors for 2022 and beyond.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and Chairman of Qatar Tourism, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said, “As we prepare for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we are working towards ensuring a seamless experience for fans, rooted in Qatar’s tradition of hospitality. With a diverse range of hospitality options across hotels, onboard cruise ships, stadiums and luxury campsites, Qatar Tourism is working with stakeholders to provide the best visitor experience across touchpoints.

This new service of regulated holiday homes will therefore allow fans with more hospitality choices to choose from, while retaining the luxury and service excellence that Qatar is known for.”

If you're a homeowner and would like to have your property listed as a holiday home, you will need to complete a self-assessment form and submit it along with the License Issuance application. 

You can read up on a self-assessment checklist, available in English: Holiday Homes Self-Assessment Checklist_EN; and Arabic: Holiday Homes Self-Assessment Checklist_AR.

To know more about the structure and criteria of the Holiday Homes classification system for Qatar, check out the manuals in English: Holiday Homes Classification Manual; and Arabic Holiday Homes Classification Manual

This system plays a central role in the continued drive of establishing Qatar as a leading destination in terms of quality and hospitality.

How to apply for a license to enlist your property as a holiday home:

Apply online

Qatar Tourism has upgraded its system to facilitate the new license applications for owners and authorized tenants who can now apply for a Holiday Homes license through the e-Services portal. 

Apply online through a seamless process and find all steps in detail.

Where to list your property

List your holiday home with ease. There are various platforms where you can safely and successfully list your property through a number of simple steps. Few recommendations by Qatar Tourism are: Booking.com, Tripadvisor, Vrbo, Airbnb.

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