DestinationsWith an aim to hit 24 million visitors in 2023, Abu Dhabi has slashed hotel and restaurant fees from 1 September.

Abu Dhabi lowers fees for hotels and restaurants

Abu Dhabi’s goal is to foster a more welcoming environment for tourists.
Abu Dhabi’s goal is to foster a more welcoming environment for tourists. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Oleg Zhukov

In a bid to bolster tourism, Abu Dhabi's government has introduced fee reductions for hotels and restaurants, effective 1 September. The move is part of an initiative by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi (DCT-Abu Dhabi), aimed at not only stimulating tourism but also enhancing the emirate's appeal and nurturing growth in the hospitality and tourism industry.

The significant change includes a decrease in the tourism fee paid by tourists, dropping from 6% to 4%. Additionally, the 15-dirham fee (US$4) for a single-room one-night stay and the extra fees for tourism and municipality charges at restaurants have been removed. However, the local government's 4% fee within the hotel bill remains intact.

This shift in government fees could substantially lower overall hotel accommodation costs, providing real financial relief to visitors. The objective is to create a more inviting atmosphere for tourists, spurring growth in the tourism sector and establishing Abu Dhabi as a premier global tourism destination.

Abu Dhabi is anticipating a notable influx of approximately 24 million visitors this year. The emirate has also proactively improved its tourism landscape by forming an aviation agreement with Europe, streamlining travel processes to accommodate a higher number of tourists.

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