Abu Dhabi Hotels to Pay Municipal Fee from June 1
According to a report in Gulf News, hotels across Abu Dhabi will start paying municipal fees amounting to four per cent of every guest’s bill plus a charge of Dhs15 per night per room from June 1.
The Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport along with the Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) announced that the fee will come into force from the beginning of the coming month.
In its statement, TCA said it has formally notified hotels and tourist facilities of the decision to start collecting fees, and stressed the importance of entering municipal fees separately from tourist fees in all financial registers.
In early April, the fee was announced as part of resolution No. 15 of 2016 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
Under the resolution, the fee will be deposited in the government budget and invested in boosting the tourist infrastructure of Abu Dhabi. It will also reportedly help enhance the services on offer to hotel guests.