UAE introduces sugar tax; to come into force from next year

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Dubai: With many countries around the world have introduced a tax on sugary drinks over the past few years, now it is UAE who is following the footsteps.

The UAE government has announced the tax on sugary and sweetened soft drinks. As per reports, beginning January 1, 2020, 50 per cent tax will be levied on soft drinks with added sugar, in the form of a liquid, concentrate, powders, extracts or any product that may be converted into a drink.

The statement released by the government says that it requires manufacturers to clearly identify the amount of sugar content in drinks in order for consumers to make sensible healthy choices.

It is likely that with the initiation of a sugar tax, it may impact on sugar usage in the country. The consumers may have to shell out more money for sugary drinks. The government aims to introduce it in a bid to reduce sugar consumption and to promote a better and healthy life.

Recently, it was Thailand who increased sugar taxes second time, which is going to take effect from October 1. And according to the reports third increase is scheduled for October 1, 2021.

Many countries, like the United Kingdom, Thailand, France, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, and as well some US states, have introduced a tax on sugary drinks over the past few years.

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