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Starting 1 September 2023, Abu Dhabi is taking steps to make itself an even more affordable option for holidaymakers. The Department of Culture and Tourism’s decision to reduce government taxes on hotels and restaurants aims to provide visitors with a budget-friendly experience.


As announced by the Abu Dhabi Media Office, travelers will benefit from a decrease in the tourism fee, which will go from 6 percent to 4 percent. This change not only stretches travelers’ budgets but also eliminates the AED 15 per room per night municipality fee, making it easier for visitors to find pocket-friendly accommodations throughout the city.

This adjustment also extends to hotel dining, where the 6 percent tourism fee and 4 percent municipality fee previously applied to hotel restaurants will no longer be in effect. Do note, however, that the four percent municipality charge based on the total invoice will continue to be applied.

This move demonstrates the Department of Culture and Tourism’s dedication to making Abu Dhabi a more attractive option for travelers seeking affordability. By offering more budget-friendly choices, Abu Dhabi is opening its doors wider to those who want to experience its attractions without straining their wallets. In essence, these changes reflect Abu Dhabi’s commitment to ensuring that a memorable and enjoyable vacation can align with sensible financial considerations.