Stimulus: Dubai waives fees on number of services

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 6 February 2020: H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, approved a decision to waive a number of fees on various government services offered in Dubai, aimed at lowering the cost of living, facilitating the ease of doing business, and supporting investors.

Some 2,356 administrative fees of 22 government entities were reviewed and new legislation was introduced to regulate and limit the introduction of new administrative fees to reduce the financial burden on the public and investors.

The waived fees include those for medical training activities, schools awareness campaigns and entry fees to public libraries, among others.

This is based on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the Executive Council at Emirates Tower, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council.

The move is part of a series of plans that seek to stimulate economic growth in Dubai and promote its competitiveness, as well as cement its position as an environment conducive to investment and to enhance the confidence of investors and the public in the government.

“The role of the government is to promote Dubai to the rank of the most advanced and happiest cities in the world. It is also tasked with serving the people and providing a conducive environment to achieve the wellbeing of the members of society and cement happiness. That is why we need to periodically review the existing legislation and policies to keep pace with the changes and maintain the sustainability of our development journey,” Sheikh Hamdan said.