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Dubai announces new tariff on single-use plastic bags from July 1st

Did you know that a staggering 50% of camel deaths in the UAE are caused due to the consumption of plastic bags? Fortunately for the camels (and for the environment), Dubai has announced a new tariff on single-use plastic bags very soon. To help you adjust to a plastic-free way of living in the emirates, this Pacific Prime Dubai article tells you all the need-to-know details of this new tariff. 

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What is the new tariff on single-use plastics in Dubai?

All retail, textile and electronic stores, restaurants and pharmacies will charge 0.25 AED per single-use plastic bag for in-person purchases and for e-commerce deliveries starting July 1st, 2022. This policy will be evaluated over several stages by the Executive Council of Dubai with an aim to completely ban single-use plastic bags within two years. 

According to the Executive Council of Dubai’s press release, the new tariff will encourage sustainability in Dubai and bring the emirates in line with global best practices. The press release also stated that a tariff on single-use plastics is currently in effect in over 30 countries, and a partial or complete ban has been implemented in more than 90 countries. 

Growing concerns over the environmental impact of single-use plastic 

The environmental impact of single-use plastic is loud and clear, which is why virtually all environmentalists vehemently oppose them. Single-use plastic bags require 400 years to decompose and thousands of years for their environmental impacts to be mitigated. They also end up disrupting the habitats of wildlife. Just take a look at these statistics:

  • 86% of dead turtles found on Dubai’s shores had consumed plastic materials. 
  • 50% of camel deaths in the UAE are caused due to the consumption of single-use plastics. 

Support from communities and businesses 

The new tariff on single-use plastic may seem like an inconvenience, but the statistics point to a different story. Based on a survey conducted by the Executive Council of Dubai, an overwhelming 85% of communities (all nationalities) and 100% of businesses in Dubai are supportive of the changing practices around the use of single-use plastics. 

Is there a link between the quality of the environment and the quality of life?

Granted, the environment is a valid reason for limiting single-use plastic bags in its own right. That being said, it’s important to point out that there is indeed a link between the quality of the environment and the quality of life. This is because the quality of the environment directly impacts the air, water, and soil quality, which can affect both our physical and mental health in the short- and long-run.

Looking for health insurance? Contact Pacific Prime Dubai today!

While we’re on the theme of physical and mental health, do you have a valid health insurance plan in Dubai? If not, we highly recommend securing one. Not only will you be able to access the best healthcare the emirates has to offer, but you also won’t have to worry about paying sky-high medical bills out of pocket. In fact, your visa category may even require you to secure health insurance. 

In any case, you can get in touch with Pacific Prime Dubai. We are very familiar with the immigration requirements and health insurance landscape, and have 100% impartial advisors who are ready to help. Whether you’re looking for individual health insurance, family health insurance, or any other health insurance plan in Dubai, we can offer you a free quote, tailored plan comparison, and heaps of support and assistance throughout your insurance journey. 

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Suphanida is a Senior Content Creator at Pacific Prime, an award-winning global health insurance and employee benefits specialist.

With over 5 years of experience in the field, Suphanida spends the majority of her day synthesizing complex pieces of insurance-related information and translating this into easy-to-understand, engaging, and effective content across a variety of media such as articles, infographics, whitepapers, videos, and more.

Suphanida is also responsible for planning and publishing three whitepapers released annually by Pacific Prime: The State of Health Insurance Report, The Cost of Health Insurance Report, and The Global Employee Benefits Trends Report. Additionally, she handles the LinkedIn profiles of Pacific Prime’s Founder and CEO, as well as Global HR Lead.

Suphanida’s strengths lie in her strong research and analytical skills, which she has gained from her BA in Politics from the University of Warwick and Erasmus Mundus Joint MA in Journalism from Aarhus University and City, University of London.

Being of Thai-Indian origin and having lived, studied, and worked in Thailand, the UK, and Denmark, Suphanida also has a unique, multicultural perspective that helps her understand the struggles of expats and globetrotters.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling to new places and immersing herself in different cultures.
Suphanida Thakral