Dubai authorities have decided to raise taxes for tourists. The corresponding decree has already issued the emirate’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Taxes on the new rate will be assembled since March 31 this year.
According to a local agency WAM , the new tax will be levied on all tourists arriving in Dubai. However, it will vary depending on where the guest wants to stay: Hotel, Lodging house or rented accommodation.
The magnitude of daily collection ranges from seven to 20 dirhams, which translated at the current rate is approximately 67-194 rubles. Moreover, the authorities intend to charge the emirate 10 percent so-called “municipal tax” and service charge rooms.
As the head of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing Dubai Hilal Saeed Al Marri, the funds collected will be used primarily to improve the quality of tourist services in the Emirates. For these purposes, the authorities have created a state tourism corporations.
According to local newspaper The National , the money collected is going to put the emirate’s leadership to prepare for the international exhibition “Expo-2020”.According to the publication, to conduct a six-month exhibition emirate need about 320 billion rubles. Part of this money management Dubai intends to attract foreign investment as, with the remainder funded from taxes on tourists.
In addition, due to the “tourism investments” Emirate authorities intend to solve the problem with the placement of visitors. According to preliminary calculations, by 2020 Dubai will need 140 to 160,000 hotel rooms to take all 20 million visitors. But now the emirate has only 600 hotels with 84 thousand rooms. Thanks to innovation, as expected, the timing of construction of hotels will be reduced from six to two months.
Dubai authorities intend to show the world “the best show in history,” writes The National. Previously, for the right of “Expo 2020”, among other candidate cities,fought Ekaterinburg. For Russia, the question of the international exhibition was important because it would raise the international prestige of the state, along with holding the 2014 Olympics and the World Cup Soccer 2018.