Team shortlist29 Aug 2017 AT 02:05 PM

DUBAI NEWS: 4 of our top stories this week

New details on VAT in the UAE and more!
Team shortlist29 Aug 2017 AT 02:05 PM

Emirates Economy passengers will soon be able to pay to secure extra legroom seats
If you’re flying Emirates and you want to guarantee yourself one of the best seats on the aircraft, you will soon be able to pay for the privilege.
The airline introduced ‘Advance Seat Selection’ earlier this year, and from August 20 it will be adding further add-ons to this service, with ‘Extra Value’ seats.
If you want to book a “Regular” seat in advance it will set you back between $10 and $25 while a “Preferred” seat will be between $20 and $65. A “Twin” seat will cost between $25 and $85, and the “Extra Legroom” will be between $40 and $105.
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Cost of property, education and healthcare in the UAE will not be affected by VAT
According to new information released by UAE’s Ministry of Finance earlier this week, education, healthcare and property will be subject to zero percent Value Added Tax (VAT).
The cost of preschool and school, as well as government owned or government funded higher education facilities will be unaffected by the introduction of VAT.
All goods exported out of the GCC will be zero rated, while investments in gold, silver and metals with 99 percent purity will also be subject to a zero VAT rate. There’s also good news for residential property hunters as both rental and sales will be generally exempted from VAT.
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Dubai fans warned about unauthorised selling of Ed Sheeran tickets
With just a few weeks left until Ed Sheeran makes his much-awaited UAE return (he performed in Duibai in 2015), fans are getting more and more desperate to get their hands on tickets to his already sold-out show in November.
Unfortunately, it seems like several websites have caught on to this and have started selling unauthorised tickets to the “Galway Girl” singer’s gig on Thursday, November 23 at Dubai Autism Rocks Arena.
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Public transport times for Eid Al Adha announced
To help accommodate the expected influx of tourists over the Eid Al Adha weekend, the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has extended the working hours of all public transport services.
Aside from extended operating hours, there will be free public parking.
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