5-year UAE Tourist Visa has Many Benefits
A five-year multi-entry UAE tourist visa, which was recently announced, will help cut costs, enable residents to host relatives more often and give convenience to job-seekers, residents have said.
The visa announcement was made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on January 6.
Currently, the country hosts 21 million visitors each year and this visa aims at elevating the UAE’s position as a global tourism hub.
Residents who spoke to Khaleej Times said there were many benefits of a five year for them and their relatives who visit them several times a year.
An Indian expat, Gulnaz Arab, said her relatives visit her Dubai home three to four times each year.
“This is a great initiative that will provide ease to expats like us who have regular visitors from India,” she said. “Applying for a 30-day visa costs Dh300 per person and takes four to five days to process.
“This will definitely help save money and time spent on visa every single time. It’s a great step by the government.”
They pay for four tourist visas each year and sometimes their parents stay for one month or up to three months.
For one Pakistani resident, Zohaib Ahmed Chaudhry, the new visa means cost-efficiency and convenience for job-seekers.
Sometimes they’re unable to get a job here, meaning they have to exit and re-enter. This can considerably raise their expenses, in turn demotivating them,” he said.
“By having a multiple-entry visa, people will no longer fear exiting. This will not only boost tourism.
“It’s an excellent initiative. This visa will allow a lot of young people to visit and explore this beautiful country