Transparency is Key with new Scoring System
The Abu Dhabi tourism authority has launched a brand new, unique hotel accommodation system. As the largest of the seven emirates within the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi has long set the bar when it comes to luxury hotels, with the release of this new classification system each accommodation will be ranked in a standardised, sustainable form. All hotels with the emirate will be categorised on a traditional sliding scale of 1-5 stars with the popular hotel-apartments being classified as either standard, deluxe or superior.
This system will provide much needed consistency to an industry that often leaves tourists and holiday workers feeling confused at the actual standard of their holiday accommodation. With many hotels self declaring themselves as six or even seven star standard, a standardised system will ensure that each hotel has to match up to a set of strict guidelines in order to offer that level of service.
The Abu Dhabi tourism authority is hoping that the introduction of standardised guidelines will encourage hotels to upgrade their services and strive for reaching a higher star ranking. The hotels will be tested on a range of categories including overall general safety and security, bedrooms and bathrooms, public areas and services and amenities. There is also a scoring system that marks accommodation, guest services, infrastructure and restaurants. All hotel establishments will need to earn a predetermined score out of 900 with both essential and necessary criteria that has to be met. The main message from the Abu Dhabi tourism board is that ‘transparency is key’, a welcome statement for anyone trying to find their perfect accommodation.