The UAE is famous for high-end hotels offering unmatched luxury. Those wishing to experience opulence could stay at Emirates Palace (Abu Dhabi) or Burj al Arab (Dubai). There are also budget accommodations such as guesthouses and youth hostels.
Hotels located in city centre offer easy access to public transport, exhibition and convention centres, shopping centres, malls and nightlife venues proving to be convenient for those visiting the UAE specifically for these purposes.
Those looking for a quiet spot and relaxed experience can check into hotels and resorts located by the sea, which offer panoramic views. For other exotic experiences, you could try desert resorts such as Bab Al Shams (in Dubai), Qasr Al Sarab (in Abu Dhabi), spa resorts or theme resorts such as Atlantis, The Palm and Lapita in Dubai.
Hotel facilities in the UAE include concierge, business centres, fitness and recreation centres, spas, salons, shopping centres, restaurants, airport transfers, Wi-Fi etc.
Taxes in tourist facilities
Restaurants, hotels, hotel apartments, resorts etc. in the UAE might charge one or more of the following taxes:
- 10 per cent tax on the room rate
- 10 per cent service charge
- 10 per cent municipality fees
- 6 to 10 per cent city tax
- 6 per cent tourism fee.
In Dubai, hotels charge 'Tourism Dirham Fee' per room per night of occupancy (for a maximum of 30 consecutive nights) ranging from AED 7 to 20 depending on the category/grade of the hotel.
In May 2016, it was announced that hotels in Abu Dhabi would charge a new additional fee of 4 percent of hotel stay bill and AED 15 per night per room.
In Ras Al Khaimah, hotels charge AED 15 tourism fee per room per night.
Read about taxes service charges and tipping in Abu Dhabi.
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