No Hike in Dubai Government Fees for Next Three Years: Sheikh Hamdan

The Government of Dubai will not increase fees for any of its services for the next three years. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, passed an order to this effect on Sunday.

Taking to Twitter to announce the decision, Sheikh Hamdan said: "We have issued an order to freeze Dubai Government public services fees for the next three years."

The order is in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, he added.

"The move, which aims to support the social stability of citizens, will have a positive ripple effect on all segments of society. The directives will also boost Dubai's economic competitiveness and reinforce the government's continuous efforts to ensure social and economic security," Sheikh Hamdan tweeted.

On February 28, the UAE Cabinet chaired by Sheikh

Mohammed had issued a decision to freeze federal government fees. "We decided not to increase the federal fees during the next three years to restore the economic and social stability of the state and to support our industrial and commercial sectors and attract more foreign investments," Sheikh Mohammed had tweeted then.

He stressed that the UAE prioritises the socio-economic stability of citizens and residents. "The UAE competitiveness is the main priority for the government, and the next term will witness the launch of many new social development initiatives, and other initiatives for the UAE youth to make them directly benefit from our journey of development," added Sheikh Mohammed.

In the wake of Dubai following up on the Federal Cabinet order, it remains to be seen if other emirates will take the cue and decide to put a moratorium on increase in various types of government fees on services.


Source: khaleejtimes

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