Travel to Dubai is going to get more expensive: the government has announced it is introducing a new tourist tax on hotel stays in March – to help pay for Expo 2020 projects.
It will take the form of a ‘hospitality fee’ added when you stay in any hotel, apartment, guest house or holiday home. The National Newspaper reported that the tax will be payable per room, per night, but would depend on the type of hotel accommodation you are staying in. It will range from 7 Dirhams a night (£1.20) to 20 Dirhams (£3.35).
Travellers would be forgiven for thinking they are raising enough tax revenue for the Emirate. Most hotels charge a 20% tax on stays as it is: which is made up of a 10% municipality fee and a 10% service charge.