By Andy Sambidge
Tourism Dirham scheme will bring in up to $5.44 per room per night to fund international promotion of the emirate
Dubai is set to charge all tourists a small Tourism Dirham charge from March 31 to help fund the international promotion of the emirate, it was announced on Monday.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council, has issued a resolution to bring in the charge, which will vary between AED7 to AED20 ($5.44) per room per night depending on the type of accommodation.
According to news agency WAM, the Tourism Dirham will be applied to guests staying in all holiday accommodation including hotels, hotel apartments, guesthouses and holiday homes.
It added that funds raised will support the international promotion and marketing of Dubai.
Such tourism fees are charged in several leading tourist destinations around the world, WAM reported.
Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: "The introduction of the Tourism Dirham will support Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, helping to ensure our continued competitiveness on the global stage which will be reflected positively on the growth of two of our economic pillars - trade and tourism."
The establishment of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing was announced last month. It is an affiliate of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and will focus on the international promotion and marketing of Dubai.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
I salute Dubai for this visionary move. It will raise a lot of funds from the tourists who visit.
All the best from the Philippines
God bless Dubai
I think adding more fees in Dubai is not the right decision. One of the advantages of Dubai is the piece of mind about hidden fees which is changing nowadays
Best is to incorporate the same in the hotel tax so that the tourist will not have to worry about the extra items on his bill
Interesting idea....asking the people who are already supporting Dubai's tourism industry to pay more tourist dirhams to fund the promotion of Dubai to other tourists. That's a bit like taxing motorists to pay for driving lessons for learner drivers.......maybe they should consider asking the hotels and attractions that actually stand to benefit from more tourists to fund the promotion of Dubai. Besides, it does not necessarily follow that more promotion of Dubai will be successful, it could actually be counter-productive, e.g. that annoying "welcome to Dubai" video that Emirates have to play on every long-haul flight into Dubai.
ITS CALLED THAT DUBAI IS TAX FREE COUNTRY
SO WHAT IS THIS?
IN HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY ALL HOTELS HAVE TO PAY 10% MUNICIPALITY FEE & NOW THIS NEW TAX WHICH WILL BE CALLED "DIRHAM TOURISM" BETWEEN 7DHS TO 20DHS.. SO IT MEANS 1 STAR WHO RENT OUT THEIR ROOM FOR 200DHS WILL HAVE TO PAY MINIMUM 7DHS WHICH IS ALMOST 3.5%...
HOW PEOPLE WILL SURVIVE WITH THESE NEW & NEW FEE & NEW CHARGES ( NOT TAXES )
Actually this is one tax that was well thought out in my opinion. It doesn't meaningfully negatively impact the people working and saving in the country, but only individuals who are here for tourist or business reasons and who will ideally spend sizeable sums anyway. Does it increase the bill of a hotel stay? Yes. Is it a prohibitive sum or is it regressive taxation to the residents of Dubai? No.
Most countries that I visit have a similar charge. I feel this is long overdue. And I do enjoy that 'Welcome' to Dubai' Emirates video as I approach Dubai in the plane, it makes me feel so happy that I live here.
How is this "visionary". Charge every person coming to visit money for the pleasure of visiting. Brilliant.
Well, presumably the hotels will survive by putting up their prices by the relevant 'fee' amount and pass on the costs to guests. Simple, really.
We pay fee for everything over here in UAE, but we live in a tax free country. What say
Dubai is Income-Tax free. But there are other taxes including Toll, Knowledge Dhiram, etc. Just like in other countries like VAT, excise duties beside income-tax.