Abu Dhabi introduces tourism fees for short-term rental market

The fee is aimed to give each rental an equal opportunity to attract business

The fee must not exceed 6% of a guest’s total bill
The fee must not exceed 6% of a guest’s total bill

The Abu Dhabi Executive Council has drafted legislation to introduce a tourism fee to ‘Airbnb-style homes.

Reported by sister publication Arabian Business, the additional charge for rentals in the emirate must not exceed 6% of the guest’s bill.

The legislation “aims to enhance the reputation of the emirate as a leading destination for high quality hospitality, and to ensure that each tourism facility is afforded equal opportunity to attract business.”

Arabian Business added that the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) will collect fees for issuing licenses and for “providing services related to holiday homes in the emirate.”

In Dubai, hotels charge the ‘Tourism Dirham Fee’ per night, ranging from AED7 to AED20 expending on the hotel’s category. Ras Al Khaimah meanwhile charges a flat AED15 fee per hotel room night. 

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