Events in Abu Dhabi Will No Longer Pay Tourism Tax

 Wednesday, March 22, 2023 


Event organizers in Abu Dhabi will no longer be required to pay tourism tax. Hosting an event in Abu Dhabi had incurred a 10 percent tax per ticket sold.

For further support to the investment environment in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, it has been decided to exempt event organizers from the tourism fee of 10 percent on tickets sold, a circular from the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi stated recently.

The circular also said it is mandatory for event organizers to obtain event licenses in accordance with the regulations specified for this purpose.

Event organizers are also required to declare the revenues generated from these events, submit supporting financial statements, and cooperate with revenue auditors or individuals designated by the department of culture and tourism to validate the accuracy of their declarations.

India is not looking at increasing air traffic rights for the United Arab Emirates, India’s civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday.

The UAE had earlier urged India to increase the maximum number of seats between the two countries by 50,000 a week.

Gulf carriers service a majority of India’s international air traffic, and are persistently seeking additional capacity and permission to serve secondary routes in the world’s most rapidly-expanding aviation market.

Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways on Tuesday also urged India to increase limit on air traffic between the two countries.

Speaking at the CAPA Aviation Summit in India, Jazeera Airways’ Chief Executive Rohit Ramachandran said the current weekly allowance of 12,000 was inadequate and asked for the cap to be raised to 28,000 seats.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has launched reciprocal interline partnerships with three new airline partners — Philippine Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Airlink South Africa, while re-launching interline links with Biman Bangladesh and codeshares with Air Seychelles and Italian carrier ITA Airways.

The six interline/code agreements make life easier for guests of all the airlines involved, said Arik De, Etihad’s chief revenue officer.

Customers of all airlines involved would be able to enjoy enhanced connectivity to destinations across each other’s networks, on a single ticket and would only have to check in once at the start of their flight, with their baggage checked through to their end destination.

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