All transactions at government and semi-government organisations in Dubai will attract an additional fee of Dh10.

The new levy is as per Law No 4 for 2005, issued by His Highness Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in his capacity as Dubai Ruler.

The law imposes an additional fee on each transaction made at government and quasi-government organisations including the authorities at the free zones in Dubai.

This is in addition to the other existing fees.

The additional Dh10 fee, called the "knowledge dirham" will be deposited every day in a special local bank account in the name of Dubai Executive Council.

The council, as per the law, will allocate an annual budget from the proceeds to support social and cultural development initiatives.

The Dubai International Financial Centre is exempted from the provisions of the law.

The law will come into effect from the date of issuance and will be published in the official gazette.