Visit Dubai and stay longer: How multiple visa options are making it easier for tourists to come back for more

With new attractions and food experiences from around the world, tourists are flocking to the emirate in record numbers, says Dubai tourism CEO

Dubai ensures a seamless entry process for visitors through its comprehensive range of visa options designed to accommodate diverse traveller preferences and requirements, a top official has said.

“Beyond the conventional drivers of visitation, which encompass leisure and business travellers, Dubai is strategically directing its efforts towards harnessing additional avenues for growth,” Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), told Khaleej Times in an interview. “These efforts are facilitated by a series of reforms and regulatory enablers that have effectively eased barriers to entry and paved the way for sustained and long-term engagement with the city.”

These include:

Golden Visa: Long-term residency of up to 10 years granted to talented expatriates and investors.

5-year multi-entry visa: In addition to welcoming tourists on multiple visits, the visa in Dubai is also for employees of multinational companies. It simplifies visa application procedures and helps extend the duration of stay of international visitors. It’s also beneficial to employees of foreign-owned firms as it enables them to participate in events, conferences, training courses, exhibitions and similar activities hosted in Dubai by these companies.

Virtual working: One-year virtual working programme lets expatriates live in Dubai as they work remotely from here for employers based outside the UAE.

Retire in Dubai: To avail of the 5-year, renewable visa, eligible applicants must be retired, above 55 years old, and meet certain financial criteria.
Kazim said: “Dubai’s extensive visa offering underscores its firm commitment to reinforcing its position as a leading hub for business, investment, and tourism. Furthermore, these initiatives underscore Dubai’s role as an international icon of multiculturalism and a global liveability hub.”

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