Hotel and Tourism Establishments in the Emirate of Dubai
We, Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai
The Law No. 1of 1997 as amended concerning the establishment of Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing;
The Law No. 3 of 2003 concerning the establishment of Dubai Executive Council;
The Law No. 35 of 2009 concerning the administration of Dubai's government public funds;
Decree No. 13 of 2001 concerning the use the IT system for hotel facilities
Decree No. 22 of 2009 concerning the special development zones in the Emirate of Dubai;
Order No. 1 of 1998 as amended concerning licensing and classification of hotels, inns, and hotel apartments;
Order No. 1 of 2002 e-Information Program for Hotel Establishments;
Order No. 4 of 2006 concerning wild tourist camps;
Order No. 6 of 2006 concerning licensing of hotel establishments and travel agencies; and
Legislations governing free zones in the Emirate of Dubai
Issue this Law:
Article No. 1
Name of this Decree
The name of this Decree shall be: “Decree No. 13 of 2011 regarding
the e-programme for Hotel and Tourism Establishments in the Emirate of Dubai”
Article No. 2
In this Decree, the following words, and expressions shall have the meanings, respectively assigned to them, unless the context otherwise requires:
Hotels, Hotel Apartments, and Inns according the Order No. 1 of 1998
Establishments which practice the activity of organizing licensed domestic tours according to the Order No. 6 of 2006 in addition to social clubs and any other bodies licensed by the Department for organizing or practicing tourist activities
Hotel and Tourist Establishments
Activities practiced by the Establishment as providing hotel services, organizing demotic tours, tourist camping, rent of boats and cruise ships, and organizing of events.
Electronic system of the establishment, which aims to document the information and data relating to the activities and the works of the establishment according to the classification of the Programme
Linking the programme to a computer or more in the establishment for the exchange of data and information contained in those PCs with the concerned government bodies.
Article No. 3
Scope of Application The provisions of this decree shall be applied on all establishments in the Emirates including licensed establishments in the free zones and special development zones.
Article No. 4
Subscription in the Programme
The establishments may not engage any tourist activities unless they subscribe to the Programme and install all necessary equipment to operate such a programme.
Article No. 5
Subscription Term and Applicable Fees
No establishment shall obtain a new licence or have its licence renewed if it is not subscribed to the programme.
The term of subscription in the Programme shall be matching with that of the License. In case that the establishment is not enrolled in the Programme before the commencement of this Decree; then the subscription term shall be for the remaining period till the license of such establishment is expired, and such establishment shall pay the applicable fees for subscription according to such term.
The Department shall charge an annual subscription fees of AED 3,000/- from the hotel establishment and AED 1,500/- from the tourism establishment.
Any governmental entity other than those specified in the preceding paragraph (A) may be linked to the program upon request by them in this regard to both the Department and Dubai Police.
Article No. 10
Confidentiality of Data
All information and data loaded on the programme are highly confidential and no employee is allowed to use them for purposes other than those originally set for. Such employees must provide information and data available to them to those bodies determined by the Dubai Police and the Department or the judicial authorities under a court order.
Information and data may not be entered in the programme only by the establishment’s workers who are authorized to do so from the Dubai Police or the Department.
Article No. 11
with no prejudice to any severer penalty provided for under any other legislation that punishes anyone who commits any of the violations set forth in the table attached to this Decree a fine set out to each of them and doubled the value of the fine in case of repeated or committing the same offense during the one year from the date of the previous commission of the offense to a fine of not more than the value when multiplied to AED 40,000/- (AED Forty Thousand).
In addition to the fine prescribed under the preceding paragraph (A), the establishment may be closed off for a period not exceeding three months.
Article No. 12
Judicial Officer the officers of the Department who shall be designated by a decision of the Director-General shall have the capacity to establish the judicial acts committed in violation of the provisions of this decree and decisions issued pursuant thereto, and have them in order to edit the necessary records and they may ask for the help of police personnel.
Article No. 13
Appeal of Sanctions Every interested party may appeal in writing to the Director-General of the Department of the sanctions imposed on it under this Decree, within fifteen (15) days from the date of notification. The consideration of this appeal will be done by a committee constituted by the Director-General of the Department for this purpose and the Commission shall take action on this grievance within 21 days from the date of referring the grievance. The decision issued by the Commission shall be considered as final decision.
Article No. 14
Adjusting of Positions All existing establishments at the time of working by this decree shall adjust their positions in accordance with the provisions of this Decree within a period not exceeding three months from the effective date.
Article No. 15
Issuing of Executive Decisions The Director General, in coordination with Dubai Police, shall have the right to issue to the decisions necessary to implement the provisions of this Decree.
Article No. 16
This Decree repeals Decree (13) and Order No. (1) for the year 2002. Also, this Decree overrides any provision in any other legislation to the extent that it contradicts this Decree.
Article No. 17
This Decree shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall be effective from the date of publication.
Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Ruler of Dubai
Issued in Dubai on 24/04/2011
Government of Dubai
H.H. Ruler’s Court Table of Violations & Fines
Type of Violation
Fine in Dirham
Non-subscription in the programme, non-renewal of subscription, or non-operation of the devices despites of their availability.
Loss of access code of the e-link-mail (authority)
Non-entering of information and data required in the programme
Delay in entering of information and data required in the programme
Error in entering of information and data required in the programme
Using of e-link devices or the telephone line for purposes not related to the programme or the use of the software for purposes other than its assigned purposes.