A brief overview of the sweetened beverage tax in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has implemented a sugar tax exemption on certain food and beverage items. As well as to support public health initiatives in the country. 

The sugar tax was first introduced in the UAE in 2017, with a 50% tax on carbonated drinks and a 100% tax on energy drinks. The aim of this tax was to reduce the consumption of unhealthy sugary drinks and combat rising rates of obesity and related health issues in the country. 

How can we help? 

- Assist you in determining if your products qualify for exemption from excise tax or not. 

- If yes, then help you in getting your product exempted from the relevant excise tax. 

- If not, then we may be able to help you to re-orient your product in a manner that may facilitate exemption from excise tax according to the regulation.


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