Dubai cancels or reduces fees for 88 government services

The decision aims to lower living costs and support investors

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, has approved a decision to either cancel or reduce government fees for 88 services.
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Dubai has reduced or cancelled fees for 88 government services to reduce financial pressures on businesses.

The move aims to lower living costs, support investors and improve the business environment in the emirate, said state news agency Wam.

The decision was approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Here is the list of reduced fees:

Dubai Maritime City Authority will waive some fees relating to residency visas, including the processing of residency visas for applicants outside the country, the issuance of employment residency visas, urgent renewals of residency visas and residency visa transfers from a government entity to the Authority, among others.

Dubai Municipality will remove fees relating to permits for labour supplies rooms, re-issuance of cheques, urgent medical certificates and renewal of occupational health cards, among others.

Dubai Tourism will stop charging fees for tourism permits and replacement of lost tourism permits, tourism permits for people under 16 years and permits for fashion shows, among others.

The Roads and Transport Authority will waive fees for issuing no-objection letters for transfer of traffic files, permits for closing roads for major construction work and fees relating to recreational bikes, among others.

The Dubai Land Department will waive fees for replacing broker cards for real estate agents and the amendment of information on real estate brokers, among others.

Dubai Courts will cancel fees for obtaining certified copies of rulings of civil cases.

Dubai Economy will reduce fees for issuing and renewing licenses of business centres and issuing of licenses for providing government services, among others.

Dubai Maritime City Authority will reduce fees to renew annual representative office licenses and replacement of lost certificates and licenses, among others.

And Dubai Health Authority will reduce fees for medical fitness certificates for maritime activities.

The Resolution also authorises heads of government entities to take decisions to reduce or waive any payments other than fees imposed for its services and products, after the approval of the Department of Finance in Dubai.

Cancellation or reduction of such payments has to be formalised by the enactment of legislation and its publication in the official gazette.

Executive Council Resolution Number 19 of 2021 will come into effect from the date of its publication in the official gazette.

Updated: July 30, 2021, 6:38 AM