Passengers to pay $9.50 as airport tax in Dubai

Passengers to pay $9.50 as airport tax in Dubai


Dubai — The emirate of Dubai, whose airport is the world’s busiest for international passengers, announced Wednesday it was introducing a tax on travelers to help finance expansion.

The 35-dirham ($9.50) fee will apply to all passengers, including those transiting in Dubai, on all flights from June 30, according to a statement carried by WAM state news agency.

It is the first time Dubai has announced a passenger tax, which is imposed in many airports worldwide.

More than 78 million passengers passed through Dubai International in 2015, keeping its place as the world’s busiest for international passengers since overtaking London Heathrow in 2014.

Last month, Dubai Airports increased the capacity of its main airport to 90 million passengers with the opening of concourse D, at a cost of $1.2 billion.

Dubai has a smaller second airport, Al-Maktoum International, which opened in 2013 and will receive 120 million passengers a year once completed. The receipts of the new tax will be channelled into funding the expansion of Dubai airports, the statement said.

Situated on transcontinental air routes, Dubai is one of several Gulf-based airports to experience prodigious growth in recent years.

Around 100 airlines fly to more than 240 destinations from the international hub, which is also home to carrier Emirates.


  1. Dubai is one of the most expensive places in the world to live….and you think you have to impose yet another fee on travelers????

  2. This is really good news. A small user fee for an amazing airport experience. Nothing of value can be given free. Other nations impose a 30% or 40% income tax.

    A $9.50 tax is absolutely fine.

  3. The tax of 35 Dhs is pretty steep! It will affect families with more members! I agree it is going to be used for the expansion of a new airport , but consideration should be given to all people staying here.

    Hope it is reduced !

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