Why prices have dropped for hotels in the capital

Staycations in the capital just became cheaper as tourism fees have been reduced in Abu Dhabi.

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) announced that the fees charged to hotel guests, including the tourism fee and municipality fee, will be reduced in a bid to boost tourism in the emirate.

The move is part of the Ghadan 21 accelerator programme and aims to improve tourism in Abu Dhabi to help establish the emirate as a leading destination over the next three years.

As part of the announcement, tourism fees will reduce from six percent to 3.5 percent, municipality fees will reduce from four percent to two percent and the daily municipality fee will reduce from AED 15 to AED 10.

In addition, long-term visitors in hotels staying for 30 or more consecutive nights will be exempt from the daily municipality fee.

“The initiatives will encourage local, regional and international tourism investment within the Emirate and help enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as a global tourist destination,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, under-secretary at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“These initiatives will support tourism companies in Abu Dhabi, which in turn will help guarantee the continued growth of the sector and contribute significantly to the national economy.”

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