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Dubai set to launch new hotel classification sytem

The government of Dubai is set to introduce a new hotel classification system, The National has reported. The new system has been developed by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). A draft version was launched in May, although DTCM has yet to announce a launch date. Under the revised regulations, there is scope for major five-star hotels to apply for an additional 'Gold' or 'Platinum' status, if they want to distinguish themselves from other properties. "The new classification system is aimed at increasing the emirate's guest accommodation portfolio and encouraging diversity in line with … the expectations of its current and future visitors," DTCM said.