5% VAT rate

Actual tax refund value subject to amount spent and Terms and Conditions.

Shoppers eligible for VAT / Sales Tax Refund:
“Overseas tourist” means any natural Person who is not resident in any of the Implementing States and who is not a crew member on a flight or aircraft leaving an Implementing State


VAT rate:

Minimum spend:
250 dirhams

Time limit for customs approval:
90 days from the purchase date

The UAE Federal Tax Authority introduced a VAT of 5% in January 2018, and launched a 100% digital Tax Free shopping service in Q4 2018.


We are delighted to announce Airworks is a member of Planet Tax Free,the exclusive providers of the Tax Refund system, so that international buyers get their cash back when they buy drones or any other accessories abroad. 


Where to get your receipts export validated


At the Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah International Airports (more validation points will be available from Q4 2018)


Just follow the signs for Tax Free refunds and our staff will greet you and validate your purchases


What goods are eligible for tax refunds


Taxable goods except for:

  • Goods that have been consumed, fully or partly, in the UAE or any Implementing State
  • Motor vehicles, boats and aircrafts
  • Goods that are not accompanied by the Overseas Tourist at the time of leaving the Emirates

What’s required at the time of export validation


  • Your sales receipt with the tax refund tag affixed to the back
  • Purchased goods (please go to the validation desks before you check in your luggage, as you will have to show the goods to our validation staff)
  • Passport
  • Boarding pass

Refund options available:


Cash (there is a limit of 7,000 AED for cash refunds)

Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, CUPS)


Refund amount and fees


You will receive 85% of the tax paid, minus a fee of 4.80 AED per Tax Free tag validated



Please allow enough time for the export validation process before your flight departs