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With tourist arrivals in Abu Dhabi touching new highs, investing in the hospitality industry is picking up pace. Here are some of the requirements if you want to run a resort, a hotel or a hotel apartment in the capital:
The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA) is the main licencing entity for the hospitality industry in the capital. To apply for a licence, one needs an initial approval from TCA. Requirements include a copy of the land site plan and land status certificate from the Municipality, and engineering drawings of the proposed establishment. A list of current tenants, stating the contract periods, signed by the building owner is required if an existing building is to be converted into a hotel.
When applying for a permanent licence, a copy of the preliminary approval granted by TCA is mandatory. Besides TCA, nods from other government agencies are also needed. Essentials are a copy of the building completion certificate from the Municipality and trade name certificate from the Department of Economic Development. Clearances from the health and environment agencies are also mandatory: food control certificate from the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and a no objection letter from The Center of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi (Tadweer).
A security and safety certificate from the Civil Defense General Directorate is also needed. Separate licences are required for restaurants, coffee shops and other establishments operating from within the hotel.
• TCA issues licences to hotels, resorts in capital
• Food, safety, environment clearances also a must
• Licence fees vary according to the establishment
Source: S. Dhar, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer