Tax free shopping in Dubai

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Tax free shopping in Dubai 20200226T101453 20200517T170327:637253318079304901 Travel Planning Dubai is renowned as a shopping haven with an incredible array of malls, designer boutiques and retail-themed festivals. The UAE recently introduced a VAT of 5% in January 2018, with tax free shopping following later the same year. Read on to find out more. A handy guide to securing refunds on all your shopping in Dubai.

An essential guide to securing VAT refunds on your purchases

Dubai is renowned as a shopping haven with an incredible array of malls, designer boutiques and retail-themed festivals. The UAE recently introduced a Value-Added Tax (VAT) of 5% but tourists to Dubai can still enjoy Tax Free shopping. Read on to find out more.

Women's shopping zone

What is Tax Free shopping?

Tourists can obtain a refund on the VAT of goods purchased in the UAE that will be exported, subject to terms and conditions.

Refunds are, however, not applicable on anything that has been consumed, fully or partly, in the UAE, as well as goods that are not accompanied by the tourist when leaving the country.

How can I claim a refund on my shopping?

  • While at the store, request a Tax Free purchase – valid on an AED250 minimum spend.
  • You’ll have to present your passport, which will be scanned for use on the payment system.
  • The shop assistant then attaches a Tax Free tag to the back of the sales receipt.
  • A digital Tax Free form is created, which needs to be validated upon departure.
  • Tax Free tags need to be validated within 90 days of the purchase date.

Dubai Airport

How are goods validated?

  • Tourists need to take the goods and tagged receipt to Tax Free validation points at Dubai Airport – Terminal 1, 2, 3 and 3 Business. You’ll need to do this before checking in for your flight and going through security.
  • Remember, you may need further validation checks and be requested to produce the goods for inspection, so plan ahead.
  • Once validated, the tourist can choose their preferred refund method.
  • Tax Free validation points are also available at the Port Rashid seaport and the Oman – Hatta land border crossing.

Is there a quicker way to secure refunds?

    If you're short on time, head to one of the Planet Payment self-service kiosks at Dubai International (DXB) or Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC). Submit the tax invoices, along with your passport and credit card, and the kiosk will process refunds automatically. There are no limits set for requested amounts to be transferred to a tourist's credit card, but cash refunds are restricted to AED7,000 a day.

    Planet's self-service kiosks are also available at The Dubai Mall, with more locations expected to pop up across the city in the coming months. For a full list of terms and conditions, and to stay updated on the latest information, visit

    Now that you can easily claim your tax refunds, it's time to shop till you drop at Dubai's best malls.

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