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Hidden Extras

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Hidden Extras

As a first timer I am planning a 4 night stay in Dubai and have heard reports of additional hotel taxes after bookings made in the UK - 20% has been mentioned. Is it better to book direct with the hotel to avoid such surprises (thinking of staying at the Jumeriah Creekside) or are Expedia / Booking.com etc cheaper?

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1. Re: Hidden Extras

Hi, the 20% is usually a 10% service charge and 10% (municipality) tax that is levied on all hotel bookings.

Whether or not your travel agent is clear about that or not I cannot say, but it is a fact that all hotels in Dubai charge these extra charges.

Just make sure that on your booking website it is clear if the price is including or excluding the service charge and tax.

Hotel rates are usually pretty much the same everywhere you book (due to rate parity) (it may differ a €/$/£ or 2, but if it is significantly (20% or so) cheaper than it's almost certain that the tax will be added to that later on by the hotel.

There's nothing hidden about it, you just need to be aware (and now you are, hopefully).

Hope this helps!

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2. Re: Hidden Extras

This 20% tax is put on all hotels. Some sites like booking.com do not show it while others like Expedia.com shows this tax.

By the way, there is an additional city tax of 20 dirhams per room per day for 5 star hotels.

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3. Re: Hidden Extras

Booking.com and hotels.com do not include the 20% tax and you have to pay it on arrival however most holiday companies do include the tax - it will state on the booking before you actually book it if it includes tax.

Dubai has also introduced a 'tourist tax' a 5* hotel such as Jumeirah Creekside will charge 20dhs per night on arriva - so 4 nights will cost 80dhs (about £14.00) for your total stay so not a vast amount.

Just a note when you book through the hotel direct they also do not include the 20% tax until you go to complete the booking.

The Creekside is a very good stopover hotel by the way (I've just done a review on it).

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