Tax Free Shopping

What is Tax Free Shopping?

The UAE Federal Tax Authority introduced a VAT of 5% in January 2018, and will launch Tax Free Shopping in Q4 2018.

Tax Free shopping is the purchasing of goods in the UAE which will be exported (subject to terms and conditions) whereby shoppers can obtain a refund on the VAT on these items, providing that they validate their purchases according to local rules.

Who is eligible?

“Overseas tourist” means any natural Person who is not resident in any of the Implementing States and who is not a crew member on a flight or aircraft leaving an Implementing State. Therefore under the current rules, GCC Nationals are eligible.

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