Abu Dhabi cuts fees to boost tourism

Abu Dhabi is looking to boost its tourism sector by slashing fees across its hotel and tourism industry.

The Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) will decrease tourism and municipality fees for hotels in Abu Dhabi and exempt long-term hotel guests and visitors from daily municipality fees, as it continues to invest in its infrastructure, tourist attractions and events.

The reduction of overall tourism and municipality fees for hotels in Abu Dhabi from 10 per cent to 5.5 per cent is estimated to increase available capital for hotels by Dh1 billion over the next three years.

Tourism fees are being cut from 6 per cent to 3.5 per cent, and municipality fees from 4 per cent to 2 per cent.

The Department of Culture and Tourism also announced that long-term visitors in hotels (30 or more consecutive nights) will be exempt from the daily municipality fee to encourage extended stays at hotels. It is also changing the frequency of fee collection from monthly to semi-annually, giving hotel owners access to more capital to help with continual improvements and the quality of their offerings.

“The initiatives will encourage local, regional and international tourism investment within the Emirate and help enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as a global tourist destination,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, Under-Secretary at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“These initiatives will support tourism companies in Abu Dhabi, which in turn will help guarantee the continued growth of the sector and contribute significantly to the national economy.”