LIVING: New taxes come into place for Abu Dhabi residents

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The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is on the rise with the announcement of a new property tax.

The recent introduction of the municipality contract fee will see expat tenants pay three percent extra on their yearly lease. UAE nationals are exempt from the charges.

Collected monthly alongside water and electricity bills, the charge brings expat residents in the capital more in line with prices paid by renters in Dubai who pay a five percent housing tax each month.

The fee collected will go towards Tawtheeq and registration costs for tenancy contracts.

Details were announced at the Abu Dhabi Cityscape Exhibition and are already in place, meaning renters in the capital will have to factor in the new cost to their monthly budget.

It was also announced this week that a four percent fee on hotel bills will also be introduced on top of the existing six percent tourism fee and ten percent service charge.

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