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Dubai to charge tourism fee from Mar 31
Dubai, February 4, 2014
Dubai will start imposing the "tourism dirham" fee on guests staying in all types of holiday accommodation, including hotels, hotel apartments, guesthouses and holiday homes from March 31.
The fee will range between Dh7 ($1.9) to Dh20 ($5.44) per room per night, depending on the hotel category and rating, said the Gulf News report.
A resolution in this regard was issued by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council.
The funds raised will support the international promotion and marketing of the emirate, the report said.
“The introduction of the Tourism Dirham will support Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, helping to ensure our continued competitiveness on the global stage which will be reflected positively in the growth of our two economic pillars — trade and tourism,” Helal Saeed Al Merri, director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said.