Tax refund scheme for tourists in UAE takes effect: What you need to know

Dubai: The UAE has officially joined the list of countries that offer some tax money back to tourists, with the new VAT refund scheme taking into effect on Sunday.

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) said that starting November 18, foreigners making purchases while on vacation in UAE would be able to start claiming back the value-added tax (VAT) charged to their purchases.

Since the implementation of VAT, retailers have been tacking VAT onto transactions made not just by residents but tourists as well. But things have changed as of Sunday, when the refund scheme covering more than 4,500 retail outlets took effect.

Tourists can now start claiming refunds at Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah International Airports. Each traveller can get a cash back worth up to Dh10,000 daily.‚Äč