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New 6% holiday home tourism fee in Abu Dhabi


DUBAI – Abu Dhabi will impose a new 6 percent tourism fee on all holiday home bookings in the emirate, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism announced.

The fee is part of a new resolution from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, which has also empowered the tourism department to oversee all activity relating to monitoring, licensing, classification and regulation of holiday homes in the capital.

The resolution aims to ensure effective governance of business activity, maintain Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a leading destination for excellent hospitality standards, and to ensure equal opportunities among tourism providers.

It is not clear if Dubai will impose a similar tax, but the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) in January announced an administrative order clarifying the law on holiday home activities in Dubai.

Dubai Tourism did not give specifics about the order, but said it outlines regulations for operators, homeowners and authorised tenants who wish to obtain a holiday home license.

According to Dubai Tourism, the new rule “has been produced in collaboration with the Supreme Legislation Committee to further diversify tourism in the emirate and boost competition through safe and transparent operations”.

It comes after a dispute in September between Emaar and holiday home operators after the developer issued a letter calling on all holiday home businesses to cease their activities in the Downtown Dubai for short stays. ICA/Expat Media

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