In support of the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 aimed at strengthening Dubai’s global position to become one of the top 3 global economic cities, and to enhance its position as a leading center for hosting events and a preferred destination in the world for visits and work, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE issued May God protect him, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Decree (5) of 2023 amending some provisions of Decree No. 25 of 2013 regarding the electronic system for licensing events and marketing and distributing event tickets in Dubai.
The new decree comes within the framework of the continuous modernization of the legislative and regulatory frameworks in Dubai in line with the ambitious developmental directions of the emirate and the comprehensive development of the capabilities and competitiveness of its tourism and economic sectors, and the keenness to find various forms of incentives that ensure that all components of the comprehensive economic system in Dubai achieve the highest levels of growth and prosperity.
According to the new decree, the collection of 10 percent of the ticket value or 10 dirhams for each of the attendees of the events held in the Emirate of Dubai has been cancelled. The Department of Economy and Tourism in Dubai continues to collect the prescribed fees for the annual subscription to the electronic system for marketing and distributing event tickets. which was usual in the past.
The new decree comes within a package of decisions issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, to establish new institutions affiliated with the Department of Economy and Tourism in Dubai, with the aim of strengthening the pillars of the economy, developing it, increasing its attractiveness, and confirming the elements of its growth. And its prosperity, continuing to create a business environment, ensuring consumer protection and consolidating the concept of the best international business standards in various sectors.
Mr. Ahmed Al Khaja, Executive Director of the Dubai Festivals and Retail Corporation, one of the institutions of the Department of Economy and Tourism in Dubai, said: “The wise directives of our wise leadership continuously support the growing importance of the events sector and its main role in achieving sustainable economic development. Developing and attracting recreational activities and events and various festivals, thus increasing the number of audiences and visitors and encouraging workers within the sector to organize distinctive and innovative events.
Al-Khaja added: “The flexibility of the legislative system of the Emirate of Dubai supports the department’s efforts to achieve the goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda D33, and the ambitious vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, especially consolidating the emirate’s position to become one of the three most important economic cities in the world, as well as raising the competitiveness of the business sector in Dubai and making it the fastest growing and most attractive, by investing in the unique strategic location of the Emirate of Dubai and its advanced infrastructure in order to remain the preferred destination for tourism, investment and business.
This step will enhance the momentum of the tourism sector and business events, which in turn will be reflected in achieving the vision of the wise leadership to make Dubai the best destination in the world for life, work and visit. This framework, especially since Dubai won the year 2022 by hosting 232 events and attracting more than 135,000 participants, thanks to the tireless efforts of “Dubai Business Events”, the official office for attracting events and conferences in Dubai, and it also contributes to attracting more audiences and visitors to attend the events and festivals that The emirate organizes it throughout the year.
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