The Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) has announced the launch of two classification programs for desert camps and tourism villages.
Desert camps are divided into two types which are day use and overnight but will fall under one category while tourism villages will have different categories – five-star, four-star and three-star experiences – which will be based on the facilities and services that they offer to tourists and residents.
In June this year, Dubai Tourism had announced it would implement a new set of Desert Tour & Camp regulations – a set of laws and directives aimed at improving the desert experience which is directed mainly towards the tour operators.
ATDD head of classification section Sara Alsuwaidi said that the new classification criteria is in line with the Ajman Vision 2021 to promote the emirate’s growing tourism industry.
“We want to create a sustainable tourism and offer a diverse range of attractions for both tourists and residents visiting the emirate. This is the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates and the result of a thorough analysis of the desert camps and tourism villages across the Emirates,” added Alsuwaidi.
She said that the department’s working group visited a number of camps and tourism villages in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah and compared them before they developed the new classification criteria programme.
The Licensing & Tourism Standard Department previously introduced classifications for motels, guest houses, and furnished apartments, in addition to the classification of hotels, hotel apartments, restaurants, travel and tourism agencies and tourist transportations. Sources….