The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has imposed sin tax (excise duty hike) on a number of products. Following this step, passengers at the Dubai airport will also have to pay more
Dubai airport (Source: Reuters)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has imposed sin tax (excise duty hike) on a number of products. Following this step, passengers at the Dubai airport will also have to pay more to consume anything that is on this list – mostly products that harm health of the consumer. Dubai Duty Free (DDF) confirmed to the Gulf News that the hiked prices will be applicable to both departing and arriving passengers. As per the guidelines of Federal Tax Authority, an excise tax of 50 per cent will be levied on carbonated drinks while the energy drinks will attract 100 per cent excise. Tobacco is another commodity, for which a passenger will have to pay more 100 per cent but this tax will only be applicable if the buyer exceeds the current allowance of 400 cigarettes.
On being asked about the impact of consumption of these commodities, DDF told Gulf News, “We forecast that there may be some impact on consumption due to the increase in excise duty on carbonated and energy drinks as predicted by the Federal Tax Authority.”
The newly implemented tax norms has already come into force in shops, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels, or anywhere wherever you might buy these products from in UAE.