Dubai to implement ‘Tourism Dirham’ from March 31
The government of Dubai has issued a new decision introducing the ‘Tourism Dirham,’ a hospitality fee to help increase revenue from tourism in the emirate, Wam has reported. According to the decision, the tourism dirham is a charge to be applied on guests staying in all genres and types of holiday accommodation, including hotels, hotel apartments, guesthouses and holiday homes. The charge will vary between Dhs7 to Dhs20 per room per night, depending on the hotel category and rating, and will be applicable from March 31, 2014. “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,” said director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Helal Saeed Al Merri.