On Tuesday, Abu Dhabi announced a cap on licensing fees for companies in the tourism industry of Dh1,000 per year.

This fixed-fee structure covers fees payable to several Abu Dhabi government entities, including:

  • Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
  • Department of Municipalities and Transport,
  • Abu Dhabi Chamber membership fees
  • Certificate of Conformity issuance fee.

Regulatory fees are also covered, with the amount varying according to the business type. This represents an almost 90 percent decrease in total license fees.

As of January 1, the revised fee structure will benefit existing licence holders who currently pay varying fees based on business activity, and will be a welcome development given the challenges the sector has faced in the past 18 months, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) explained.

Abu Dhabi strives to become a leading destination regionally and internationally with its dynamic leisure, culture, and MICE sectors. Taking this step is part of Abu Dhabi’s broader effort to develop the UAE capital’s tourism sector and make it a preferred destination for travelers and investors.

Hamad Mohammed Saeed Alsudain, Licensing & Regulatory Compliance Director at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “The new licensing fee structure is a tangible demonstration of our unwavering support of the tourism sector, and will benefit those wishing to open, continue or expand their tourism business across Abu Dhabi. Regardless of type of organisation or size, applicants can feel confident that we are partners and focused on their growth. This initiative will enhance the competitiveness of the business environment and attract increased investment, strengthening Abu Dhabi’s position as a global tourism, cultural and entertainment destination.”

Source: Abu Dhabi caps annual tourism business licence fee at Dh1,000 | Business – Gulf News