Phase 2 of UAE's tourism tax refund scheme to launch on Sunday

Federal Tax Authority confirms that all preparations are complete to expand scheme to total of 12 air, land, and sea ports
Phase 2 of UAE's tourism tax refund scheme to launch on Sunday
FTA director general Khalid Ali Al Bustani.
By Sam Bridge
Wed 12 Dec 2018 05:20 PM

UAE's Federal Tax Authority (FTA) said on Wednesday it is ready to launch the second phase of the Tax Refunds for Tourists Scheme.

The FTA said that all preparations have been completed ahead of launching phase two on Sunday which will expand the scheme to 12 air, land, and sea ports across the country.

Phase two comes on the heels of the previous phase of implementing the nationwide scheme, which went into effect on November 18, covering Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah international airports.

Phase two will add three additional airports - Al Ain International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.

It will also cover two sea ports - Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi and Port Rashid in Dubai - and four land ports of Al Ghuwaifat Border Post in Abu Dhabi, Hili Border Port and Al Madheef Border Crossing in Al Ain, and Dubai’s Hatta Border Exit.

FTA director general Khalid Ali Al Bustani said: “We have witnessed great turnout among retailers to register for the Tax Refunds for Tourists Scheme and their numbers continue to increase.”

He said the number of tax refund requests processed under phase one of the scheme surpassed 3,800 daily transactions.

Al Bustani stressed that implementing the scheme effectively enhances the UAE’s appeal as a tourist destination, encourages internal trade, and cements the country’s status as a commercial hub for the region.

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