The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT-Abu Dhabi) has reduced government fees on hotels in the emirate, reported the Khaleej Times.

Aimed at supporting the growth of the hospitality and tourism sectors, the move will become effective in the United Arab Emirates capital on 1 September 2023.

It follows directives from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council to encourage tourists and residents to avail themselves of the emirate’s hospitality offerings.

The amendments to the government fee include lowering the tourism fee issued to guests from 6% to 4%, eliminating a municipality fee of Dh15 ($4) per room for each night, and eliminating the 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee on restaurants.

However, the invoice issued to customers will continue to feature a municipality fee of 4%.

Recently, DCT-Abu Dhabi signed a memorandum of understanding with Air France-KLM, a French-Dutch airline group, to improve connectivity between Abu Dhabi and Europe, according to Gulf Business.

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Abu Dhabi intends to position itself as a preferred tourist destination and attract more than 24 million tourists by the end of this year.

DCT-Abu Dhabi director general of tourism Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry said that this partnership indicates its commitment to encouraging, protecting and advancing the tourism sector of the emirate.

Al Geziry said: “By fostering long-term partnerships with trusted international carriers, we are enabling visitors from around the world to visit and witness our rich heritage and diverse culture.

“This increased connectivity not only enriches the experience for travellers but also positions Abu Dhabi as an additional access point to the East.”