Dining out in Dubai just got a little bit cheaper…

You might be in for a nice surprise the next time you look at your restaurant bill, as Dubai has announced plans to reduce the municipality fee on sales at restaurants and hotels.

The fee will be cut from 10 per cent to 7 per cent, following a directive from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.

HH Sheikh Hamadan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, said the move would enhance the emirate’s position as a preferred destination for investment and tourism.

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“This decree will expand the series of measures announced days earlier and aimed at supporting companies operating in Dubai, reducing the cost of doing business and attracting new investments,” he said on Twitter.

“Today, Dubai is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Last year we welcomed 16 million visitors & look forward to receiving 20 million in 2020 when we host the Expo. Our goal is to preserve these gains & consolidate our position as a competitive global destination.”

Last week, the Dubai Executive Council issued a resolution to slash “market fees” imposed by Dubai Municipality by 50 per cent, as part of its efforts to provide support to existing businesses and attract more foreign investments.

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