Dubai Police to charge for services
Here is a list of police services that Dubai residents will be charged for.
His Highness Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has issued an Executive Council Resolution No (15) of 2016, which approves the fees for a number of services provided by Dubai Police.
The new Resolution aims to enable Dubai Police to further develop and enhance services provided to its customers.
The Resolution stipulates that Dubai Police can charge for services listed in the table of fees annexed to this Resolution.
Charges for services
These services include transporting light and heavy vehicles and motorbikes from one place to another in the emirate; moving light and heavy vehicles, cranes, containers and other similar vehicles off the road; and detaining light and heavy vehicles at their designated areas.
The Resolution further outlines newly introduced fees for services such as issuing certificates and permits as well as inspecting traffic accident sites.
Further to the new Resolution, Council Resolution No (5) of 2011 pertaining to fees for services provided by Dubai Police is considered null and void.
The new Resolution annuls any other provision that contradicts or challenges this Resolution. The new Council Resolution is valid from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
Earlier this year, an Executive Council Resolution No (2) of 2016 was issued on fees for ambulance services provided at the site of traffic accidents. The Resolution was considered valid from February 28, 2015.
Dubai Police and Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services charge a fee of Dh6,770 for emergency and evacuation services provided to each casualty in a traffic accident, which will be collected from the insurance provider of the party that caused the accident.
In April, an Executive Council Resolution No (9) of 2016 on the amendment of the fee schedule related to licensing of professionals working in the field of ambulance services was issued.
The resolution replaces the fee schedule annexed to the Executive Council Resolution No (2) of 2011.
Airport service charges
The police and ambulance services are not the only one to levy charges on customers and residents, but earlier this year, Dubai and Sharjah Airports also introduced a charge on using the airport services.
Passengers using the Dubai airport will now have to pay a fee of Dh35.
Shaikh Hamdan had approved Executive Council Resolution No (8) of 2016 pertaining to the collection of fees from passengers using airport facilities in Dubai.
As per the resolution, every passenger leaving the UAE from any of Dubai's airports, including transit passengers, will be charged Dh35 as a service fee for using airport facilities.
The resolution exempts passengers below two years, cabin crew from paying the fee in addition to transit passengers whose arrival and departure flight number is the same.
Airlines operating in Dubai airports are tasked with collecting the fee while issuing tickets, whether in the UAE or outside the country, effective March 1 2016 for flights departing Dubai's airports after June 30, 2016.
The collected fees will be transferred to Dubai Airports, and subsequently to the Dubai government public treasury.
The resolution aims to improve Dubai's airport infrastructure and boost its capacity, which is set to reach 100 million passengers by 2023.
Soon after, Sharjah added a Dh35 fee for those traveling out of its international airport.
The fee mirrors the one announced by Dubai on March 30. It's a charge on passengers transiting through or leaving by Sharjah International Airport. Children under two years and flight crews will be exempt.
Although the new service charges evoked mixed reaction from residents, they hoped the fee will improve services at the airports.
Dubai court service charges
Earlier in 2015, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler, had issued a law on judicial fees in Dubai courts.
Law no. 21 for 2015 on the judicial fees in Dubai courts aimed at regulating the fees imposed by the courts of law in Dubai for the proceedings services in civil cases, claims and cassations.
The law authorises the Executive Council of Dubai to amend the fees by means of a resolution. It details provisions for the cases, claims and cassation which are exempted from the court fee.
It states that in case of a dispute regarding the quantum of fees, it shall be referred to the judge of the relevant court whose decision shall be final and irrevocable. The court, however, may reconsider the amount of fees to be collected.
Increase in parking charges
This year, a resolution was also passed to revise parking fees in Dubai, according to a resolution issued by Shaikh Hamdan.
The resolution outlined a new tariff for select controlled public parking areas. The resolution aims to encourage the use of public transport within the area covered by the amended tariff while also increasing the generation rate in controlled parking facilities.
Pursuant to the resolution, controlled public parking in Dubai is divided into two categories. The first category includes the public parking areas where the amended tariff will be applicable. The second parking category includes all parking spaces that continue to be subject to the previous tariff rates.
According to the resolution, the parking tariff is applicable for 14 hours per day from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm on working days. The tariff is not applicable on Fridays and official holidays. The resolution also outlines amendments in the tariff for seasonal parking permits.
Expatriate tenants living in Abu Dhabi will now have to pay a three per cent fee on their rent as a municipality contract fee, according to a February Official Gazette.
The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority will collect the new charge - from which Emiratis are exempted - along with the tenant's monthly electricity and water bills.
The move came the same week, in April, as the emirate imposed a four per cent fee on hotel stays.
In Dubai, rentals are already subject to a five per cent housing fee through the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority.
Some local residents in Abu Dhabi noted that although the move may help rental services in the long run, many questions remain.
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