Skip Nav

Soda Prices to Increase in the UAE

This Will Make Soda Drinkers in The GCC Want to Kick the Habit

I absolutely love Diet Coke. Without a hint of irony or sarcasm, I say to myself "omg this is delicious" when I take the first sip out of a cold can. And I say this, no joke, every. single. day.

It's not just Diet Coke that I consume daily, though. Perhaps my greatest liquid intake is of soda water, which back home in New York we call seltzer or club soda. No matter what the name, I pick it over water (or Perrier or San Pellegrino) any day, and, I drink about five cans of it daily.

One of the greatest joys, then, of my move from the US to the UAE (and there have been many) is how little a can of anything carbonated costs here. As a serial soda drinker, I didn't even realize how much money I'd been shelling out on the beverages until I saw how cheap they are in Dubai.

Things are about to change for me and my fellow soda-fiends, though, because six GCC countries are introducing a soft drink tax.

According to the Saudi Gazette, the GCC is set to "see taxes of 100 per cent on tobacco and its by-products and energy drinks and 50 per cent on soft drinks."

Though there's no word on when the price increase will go into effect, it's said to be a result of rising diabetes and obesity rates in the region. Right now, a can of soda costs AED1.5. Once the new tax is in place, it'll increase to AED2.25.

Anyone else going to stock up on soda while they still can?

Food and Nutrition Myths
Latest Career & Money
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds