The UAE is introducing an 100 per cent tax on tobacco and energy drinks by the end of this year

If you ever needed that extra push to quit, this could very well be it…

The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has announced that a 100 per cent tax on tobacco and energy drinks, as well as a 50 per cent tax on soft drinks will come into effect in the fourth quarter of 2017.

“The tax procedures law is in the final phase, and will soon be issued and published,” Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai said during the FTA’s first meeting.

Obaid Al Tayer, minister of state for financial affairs has been previously quoted as saying that the tax on tobacco could generate Dhs2 billion each year.

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