New departure tax to be introduced at Dubai International Airport

Posted: 24-Feb-16 15:56

The Government of the United Arab Emirates have revealed that it will introduce a New Passenger Facilities charge at Dubai International Airport. The new tax will come into place for tickets issued on or after 1st march, 2016 for travel on or after 1st July, 2016, and it will cost passengers AED 35 per ticket.

New departure tax to be introduced at Dubai International Airport

Passengers travelling to and from Dubai International Airport (DXB) will be charged a new tax from next month.

The Government of the United Arab Emirates will introduce the New Passenger Facilities charge on tickets issues on or after 1st March, 2016 for travel on or after 1st July, 2016.

The Dubai International Departure tax of AED 35 (approximately £7) will be collected when passengers buy their tickets and it will be shown separately on the ticket by code F6.

The new tax also applies to passengers taking onward connections from Dubai without stopovers. Children under the age of two will be exempt from the charge.

The charge is only applicable to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and not the Dubai World Central Airport (DWC).

The money raised from the new tax will go towards funding Dubai Airport's continued facility improvement programme, which aims to increase the airport's capacity and improve its services and facilities.

Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airport in the world, with traffic reaching 78 million in 2015, a 10.7 per cent increase compared to the 70.4 million recorded in 2014.

More than 100 airlines connect the airport to 240 destinations across the world, and passenger numbers reached 7.05 million in December 2015. The airport is scheduled to open its newest facility in the next few weeks, the Concourse D, which is estimated to cost have US$1.2 billion.

Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates and is a hub for leisure and business travellers. The city boasts unique architecture, enormous shopping malls, parks, luxurious hotels, and beautiful sandy beaches. Popular attractions include the Dubai Marina, Dubai, Jumeirah Mosque and the Wild Wadi Park.

Every year, thousands of travellers visit the vibrant city for its collection of annual events including the Dubai World Cup, Dubai International Jazz Festival, the UAE Desert Challenge, and Dubai Summer Surprises.

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