Dubai introduces innovation fee

The introduction of the Innovation Dirham will support government efforts to develop education and culture

Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai issued two laws for levying the knowledge and innovation fees of Dh10 each, to be collected by federal bodies for Dubai government’s treasury.


The introduction of the Innovation Dirham will support government efforts to develop education and culture and engage community members in educational and cultural projects implemented in the emirate.

Shaikh Mohammad, in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, issued law No 1 for 2018 on the knowledge Dirham, which annuls law No.4 of 2005, and law No2 of 2018 on the introduction of the innovation fees.

The knowledge and innovation fees of Dh10 each will not be levied for government services and transactions that are valued at less than Dh50.

The revenues of the innovation fees will entirely go to the Dubai Future Foundation. 

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