Dubai introduces first airport tax on travellers to aid finance expansion

Published on : Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dubai airportIn order to help finance expansion, the emirate of Dubai announced today (March 30) that it was introducing a tax on travellers. The announcement comes even as Gulf governments grapple with plummeting revenues.

It is the first time Dubai has announced a passenger tax.

According to a statement carried by WAM state news agency, the 35-dirham ($9.50) fee will apply to all passengers, including those transiting in Dubai, on all flights from June 30.

The receipts of the new tax will be channelled into funding the expansion of Dubai airports, the statement said.

Dubai airport is the world’s busiest airport with more than 78 million passengers passing through the airport in 2015.

Dubai has a smaller second airport, Al-Maktoum International, which opened in 2013 and will receive 120 million passengers a year once completed.

Although part of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, Dubai has dwindling oil wealth.


Further with a sharp drop in oil revenues since crude prices nosedived, the whole region is struggling to cope with the losses.


5 Responses to Dubai introduces first airport tax on travellers to aid finance expansion

  1. Rashid Diwan says:

    I think Dubai is slowly but surely loosing its charm.Airport tax is another nail in the coffin. The hotel tax is another way of discouraging rather than encouraging tourism. Dubai in the recent years has become one of the most expensive cities to visit. Expensive hotels and food.

  2. RAJAN PANDE says:

    Quite Righr Mr,Diwan,but other side of coin is that Dubai had enormous numbers of passengers visiting every year with increase everyyear, by imposing they can reduce little burden of passengers same time accumulating some extra dimes in their coffer..

  3. Kararmjeet Singh Rahi says:

    I am fully agree with Mr Rashid Diwan. Hotel Tax and now Airport Tax will put people off from Dubai.

  4. Kamaal Ahmed says:

    Worth it and they are fully entitled to take this tax, The manner in which they impart and provide with the best levels of services it is worth it.

  5. Amo - Mends says:

    I thinks this airport tax is in order considering taxes other airports like UK, US and others charge on passengers traveling/transiting these airports.

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