Ajman introduces classification programmes for desert camps and tourism villages


On a mission to further promote its eclectic tourism offering, Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) has shed light on two classification programmes for desert camps and tourism villages.

Desert camps are divided into two categories – day use and overnight use – but will fall under one category, while tourism villages will have different categories of five-star, four-star and three-star, based on the facilities and services offered to tourists and residents.

Head of classification section, ATDD, Sara Alsuwaidi explained that the new classification criteria is in line with Ajman Vision 2021 to promote the emirate’s growing tourism industry.

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“We want to create 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 UAE and the result of a thorough analysis of the desert camps and tourism villages across the Emirates,” she said.

Alsuwaidi added that the department’s working group visited a number of camps and tourism villages in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah and compared and contrasted them before developing 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 transportation.