People in Ras Al Khaimah and the rest of the United Arab Emiraes are allowed to share their homes with visitors. This was included in a new directive

The Ras Al Khaimah  Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and Airbnb on Wednesday signed an agreement to promote responsible home sharing, boost tourism and diversify the tourism offer in the emirate.

The announcement was made by Haitham Mattar, CEO of RAKTDA and Hadi Moussa, Airbnb’s general manager for the Middle East and Africa.

This was the opportunity for  US-based Airbnb to come to the table. They signed an MOU with  Ras Al Khaimah so now rules can be promoted to encourage responsible home sharing and raise awareness about the positive impacts of the Airbnb community.

Mattar said: “The MoU that we’ve signed with Airbnb marks a massive milestone towards diversifying the tourism scene in Ras Al Khaimah. We aim to welcome one million visitors by end of 2018 and 2.9 million by 2025, and therefore the demand for more rooms is essential to accommodate those visitors.

Moussa added: “Ras Al Khaimah is a wonderful place to visit and I’m excited that our growing host community will support the Emirate in attracting more travelers to the region and help the diversification of tourism.