Authorities in Abu Dhabi have confirmed the imposition of a new 4% “municipality fee” applicable to any hotel charge.
The impost, effective for all guests who arrive on or after 01 Jun, is on top of a new flat fee of AED15 per room per night, with the 4% applicable to all spending including accommodation, food and beverage and incidentals. Hotels in Abu Dhabi already charge a 6% “city tax” and a 10% service charge.
The new fees estimated to garner about US$122 million in additional annual revenue. Abu Dhabi welcomed around 4m guests who stayed over 12 million bed nights during 2015.