Tourism fees in Abu Dhabi slashed by government

The move should boost the hotel industry

Tourism fees in Abu Dhabi slashed by government

Staying in a hotel in Abu Dhabi just got a bit cheaper.

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCTA) has announced that certain tourism fees will be reduced.

The initiative is part of government accelerator program Ghadan 21 which bosses hope will boost the capital's tourism sector even further over the next three years.

The overall fees charged to hotel guests will be reduced from 10 percent to 5.5 percent.

The tourism fee will go from 6 percent to 3.5 percent and the municipality fee will decrease from 4 percent to 2 percent.

The daily municipality room fee will also go from Dhs15 per night to Dhs10.

Other changes include scrapping the daily fee for anyone staying more than 30 consecutive nights in a hotel and any tickets to tourist attractions sold by hotels will also be exempt from the fees.

It was also announced that DCTA will spend Dhs500m to promote Abu Dhabi in global tourism target markets.

In 2018, Abu Dhabi saw a record number of visitors and hotel guests, with a 3.94 percent increase from 2017. More than ten million visitors came to Abu Dhabi from across the world.

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