Dubai is one of the most popular cities in the world, and is the most famous among the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It enjoys the status of being the most in- demand holiday destinations in the last few decades. Moreover, it has emerged as a global city, and an important business hub across the globe as well. In fact, in the mid-19th century, Dubai’s total revenue was based on trade only, and the city was not noticed until after 1966 with the discovery of oil. After this, the city’s development accelerated, and within 40 years it became one of the most developed cities around, making it to the top ten in the list. Now, surrounded by tall skyscrapers, and some of the best man-made islands, the oil reserves of the city are only secondary, as it generates most of its revenue by tourism. Oil supplies now contribute only 5%, and are expected to fall to a lower figure in the future.
The city is well developed and is definitely a point of attraction for tourists. People from all over the world come to view the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the Palm Islands, and Burj Al-Arab, the magnificent 7-star hotel built over water. The city is well-planned, and also serves as one of the major transportation hubs across the world. Emirates, the leading airlines in the whole world uses Dubai International Airport as its main hub. Additionally, due to its geographical location, Dubai enjoys the advantage of Sea Routes as well. Having one of the world’s best Sea Ports, it does most of its trade through sea routes. Even people sometimes choose to travel to Dubai via sea routes.
Cities like Dubai, which majorly rely on revenue from tourism, have the busiest airports and seaports. The Immigration Department of Dubai has one of the toughest jobs, to handle entry and exit of around a million people every month. Here is all the information that you need to know for applying for a Dubai visa:
VISA & ITS TYPES
The Dubai Immigration Department requires one to possess a visa to enter the city, but GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) nationals enjoy the exemption. In other words, they don’t require a visa to enter Dubai. GCC countries includes Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and The United Arab Emirates.
VISA ON ARRIVAL
A type of visa, called ‘Visa on Arrival’ (VoA) allows you to take a flight to Dubai, and get a UAE visa stamped directly at the immigration desk after landing in the city. No need to apply for a visa in advance. The visa fee is as minimal as AED 180 – AED 200, but has the following restrictions and regulations:
- A stay of 30 or 90 days (depending upon your nationality) is allowed on VoA.
- Only certain country’s nationals are allowed to avail the VoA.
- If a person whose country is not in the list of allowed countries for the ‘Visa on Arrival’ facility, but is a resident of a GCC country (Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia) and has a high professional status, i.e. doctor, manager, teacher, accountant etc., or he / she serves or work in GCC public sectors, they, their family, and staff sponsored by them, will be allowed to avail the VoA.
Nationals of the following countries can obtain/ avail the Visa on Arrival in Dubai:
Nationals of the following countries can avail a 30-day visit visa, free of charge.
People's Republic of China
United States of America
Multiple Entry Visit Visa:
Nationals of the following countries can avail a multiple entry 90-day visa, which is valid for 6 months from the date of stamping.
This type of visa is for the tourists who don’t fall under any of the above listed countries. To get this visa, tourists have to get a local UAE resident to either sponsor them or apply for the visa on their behalf. However, validity rules are restricted to certain sponsors only, which includes an applicant’s immediate family member, or some close relative. Airlines in the UAE as well are included in the list, like Emirates, Fly Dubai, AirArabia, and Etihad. The sponsors offer different ways of applying for a visa, for example, Emirates and Etihad offer an online visa application system in which a form has to be filled, and the process is easily taken forward from there if all the required documents are provided on time.
Emirates offers four ways to apply for a UAE visa:
- After booking the flight with Emirates, an e-booking tool enables a person to apply for the visa.
- The local Emirates office of the applicant’s country of residence, can assist the person through the process.
- Lastly, the visa can also be applied through Emirates’ registered partners.
TT Services are Etihad’s visa processing partner, and Etihad links anyone, who wants sponsorship for the visa, to TT Services, via their official website. To get the sponsorship, one first needs to book a flight with Etihad.
COUNTRIES THAT REQUIRE PRE-ENTRY VISA:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Central African Republic
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
The Democratic Republic of the Cong
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos)
Marshall Island Mauritania
Micronesia (Federated States of)
The Republic of Moldova
Saint Kitts and Nevis
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