Tourist Taxes Launched in Abu Dhabi
May 31, 2016 Taxation in UAE
MANILAABU DHABI – As part of an effort to source new tax revenues streams, the government of Abu Dhabi is now looking at taxing tourists.
From June 1st all visitors staying in Aby Dhabi will be required to pay two new taxes aimed at tourists.
The new taxes will consist of a AED 15 per room per night, and an additional charge of 15 percent of the total value of the hotel bill.
The government of Aby Dhabi claims that the set rates are in line with similar tourist taxes across the United Arab Emirates and other major tourist destinations around the world.
The tourism taxes are intended to help the government find new sources of tax revenues, as the national budget begins to decline with the fall of global oil prices.
The new tax on tourist accommodation is not the only measure taken to tax housing for foreigners, as earlier this year the government also announced the introduction of a tax of 3 percent on rental properties occupied by expats.