Abu Dhabi to Reduce Tourism Fees On Hotels Starting Sept 01

The Abu Dhabi government's visionary decision to lower tourism and municipality fees within its hotels heralds a new era for the emirate's economy. As of September 1, these bold measures are poised to attract more visitors, invigorate tourism growth, and position Abu Dhabi as a global leisure and tourism hotspot.
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Are you planning a trip to Abu Dhabi in the near future? If so, you can save a few bucks because the Abu Dhabi government has announced that it will reduce tourism and municipality fees imposed in the emirate’s hotels beginning September 1, 2023.

This is a welcome move for tourists, as it will make travelling to Abu Dhabi more affordable.

Abu Dhabi – Tourism Fee

According to an official update, “the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, has revised the fees applied to hotels in the emirate, supporting the continued growth of the hospitality and tourism sector and enhancing #AbuDhabi as a leading global leisure and tourism destination.”

The tourism fee issued to customers will now be lowered from six per cent to four per cent. The municipality fee of AED15 per night has also been removed. This means that tourists will now pay an average of AED20 less per night for their hotel stay in Abu Dhabi.

Furthermore, the four per cent municipality fee and the six per cent tourism fee previously applicable to hotel restaurants will also be eliminated. These changes are anticipated to not only attract a higher number of visitors but also provide a substantial boost to the overall economy.

Revised Fees to Drive Tourism Growth

The decision to reduce tourism fees is part of the Abu Dhabi government’s efforts to boost the emirate’s tourism industry. The government is also investing in new tourism attractions and infrastructure, such as the Yas Bay Waterfront development and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The reduction in tourism fees is likely to make Abu Dhabi more competitive with other tourist destinations in the region, such as Dubai and Doha. It is also likely to boost tourism levels in Abu Dhabi, which have been recovering since the pandemic.

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Contributions from Luxury Hospitality

The first half of 2023 has witnessed the prominent role played by Abu Dhabi’s luxury five-star hotels in driving the market forward. These establishments have reported impressive average rates of AED 626 per night and a robust RevPAR of AED 418.

Both figures indicate substantial year-on-year growth, with a remarkable 26 per cent increase in average rates and an even more impressive 32 per cent rise in RevPAR.

If you are planning a trip to Abu Dhabi in the coming months, you can expect to save money on your hotel stay thanks to the reduced tourism fees. So book your trip today and enjoy all that Abu Dhabi has to offer!


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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