UAE announces new rules for tourist visas


The decision follows the exemption of transit tourists from visa fees for the first 48 hours.

Tourists travelling to the UAE during the summer won't need to pay visa fees for dependents aged 18 years or below, the UAE Cabinet announced on Sunday. The fee exemption will be applicable between July 15 and September 15 every year and is expected to boost tourist numbers during the off peak season.
The decision follows the exemption of transit tourists from visa fees for the first 48 hours.  Travel agents in the UAE have welcomed the move, saying it would help boost tourism during the summer season.
A 14-day express tourist visa costs Dh497 per head and a 30-day multi-entry tourist visa costs Dh917 if the traveller purchases it online.
New visa rules in the UAE: All you need to know
However, according to tour operators, the most popular tourist visa is the 90-day multi-entry tourist visa, which is priced at Dh945.
"The total visa costs for a family of four (parents and two children) would be Dh3,780. With the exemptions, families will have to pay only Dh1,890, excluding taxes," a travel agent from Sharjah-based Sharaf Travels explained.
Rifa Dalvi, a travel consultant from Cozmo Travels, said the move would help residents who stay without their families in the UAE to bring their loved ones for a visit. "It will be great for all tourists ... Airlines offer ticket concessions for infants and children, it only makes sense that countries offer it for visas as well."
Travel agents said contrary to popular belief, the weather is not a deterrent for visitors during this time.
"For example, from Kerala, the festival of Onam is coming up. Though a lot of people want to go back home, now they can also bring their families here and celebrate the festival in Dubai," said the agent from Sharaf Travels. 
Shilpa Mahtani, COO of BNBME, a holiday management company, said the period of the fee-free visa offer coincides with the European summer holiday. "Hopefully, we can get some crowds from there, too."
Cofounder and CTO of travel web portal Musafir.com Albert Dias said the move would help promote travel to the UAE from within the GCC region. "However, we expect it to have a limited impact on inbound travel from key feeder markets such as India. Most parents with children in these markets prefer to travel during their local school summer holiday seasons, which usually run from April to June."
The number of passengers travelling through the country's airports reached 32.8 million during the first quarter of this year.

New visa rules in UAE: All you need to know

A number of visa facilitations for visitors, residents, families and people overstaying have been approved by the Cabinet.

The Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, adopted a number of visa facilitations for visitors, residents, families and people overstaying their visa to cater for a wider segment of the society.
The Cabinet approved a new legislative package, including a review of the current residency system to allow a two-year extension of the residency period for the dependents of their parents after finishing their university studies.
Transit visa
1. A new decision has also been approved to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours.
2. Transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50.
3. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.
Visa for overstayed job seekers  
In the same context, the Cabinet adopted a decision to grant people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a "no entry" passport stamp.
. A new 6-month visa will be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country.
.  The temporary visa enhances the UAE's position as a land of opportunities and a destination for talents and professionals.
. As for Individuals who entered the UAE illegally, they will have the chance to leave voluntarily with a "no entry" stamp for two years given that they provide a valid return ticket.
.  In a step aimed at simplifying the process and easing the financial burden on individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa, they can now do so for a fee without having to leave and re-enter the country.

Dubai based companies won’t be fined; license renewals made easier


The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) on Tuesday said that the decree No 20 of 2018 exempting companies operating in Dubai from fines and facilitating license renewals, which was issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, reflects the vision of Dubai’s leadership to further enhance the competitiveness of the Emirate.
DED observed that the decree is a strong testament to the leadership’s continued support to the business sectors in the emirate and in overcoming all obstacles that face them, in addition to underpinning His Highness's vision to strengthening the economy and creating a competitive environment conducive to investments in Dubai.
Sami Al Qamzi, Director General, DED, said: "DED urges all business owners to benefit from the decree, which exempts companies and establishments operating in the Emirate of Dubai from all the fines imposed on them, and facilitate the procedures for renewing licenses by the end of 2018. This will add to the financial benefits of the owners of expired business licenses, restore legal records and licenses, and help the business community in Dubai enhance their competitiveness".
Omar Bushahab, CEO, Business Registration & Licensing Sector in DED, said: "This decree is a positive step in promoting economic growth and consolidating Dubai's position as one of the important commercial and economic centres internationally. It reaffirms to investors and businessmen around the world that Dubai effectively addresses various economic variables with a forward-looking vision by adopting best practices and regulations. It also helps to remove concerns among investors and entrepreneurs looking to expand their business".
Bushahab urged the owners of business licenses to expedite all necessary procedures to benefit from the exemptions to renew their licenses before the grace period until the end of 2018.
The decree is part of the initiatives launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to reduce cost of doing business and facilitate inward investment in the emirate. The Department of Economic Development is implementing four initiatives to stimulate competitiveness and achieve sustainable economic development in Dubai. These are related to exempting businesses from fines and trade violations, reducing operational cost in the retail sector, supporting local production and procurement, as well as attracting the best startups to Dubai and promoting them.

10-year residence visa in UAE for investors, doctors, specialists and top students


100% ownership for investors, 10-year residence for investors, professionals and families, plus top students

ABU DHABI: To further boost the UAE’s position as a primary destination for international investors and top talent from around the world, the Cabinet on Sunday has adopted a new system of entry visas for investors and professionals — providing them with a long-term visa for up to 10 years.

The decision, made during a Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, further reinforces the UAE’s position as a primary destination for international investors and global talent.
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The move was initially announced in a tweet sent out from the official Twitter handle of Shaikh Mohammad.
The new rule was approved by at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Shaikh Mohammad at the Presidential Place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Lt. General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, were also present.
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Residency system amended

"The UAE will remain a global incubator for exceptional talents and a permanent destination for international investors. Our open environment, tolerant values, infrastructure and flexible legislation are the best plan to attract global investment and exceptional talents to the UAE," stated Shaikh Mohammad.
He also directed the Ministry of Economy, in coordination with the concerned parties, to implement the resolution and follow up on its developments, and to submit a detailed study in the third quarter of this year.

New visa system

The new visa system will increase the chances of attracting investors and competencies to the UAE and thus, further boost the country's economic competitiveness globally.
The global investors' ownership of UAE-based businesses is expected to reach 100% by the end of the year.
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10-year residence visas

The system will grant investors and talents up to 10-year residency visas for specialists in medical, scientific, research and technical fields, as well as for all scientists and innovators.
It also grants five-year residency visas for students studying in the UAE, and 10-year visas for exceptional students.
The Cabinet also issued instructions to conduct a review of the residency system with a view to extending residency permits for those sponsored by their parents after completing their university studies to facilitate their future residence in the UAE.

Sign language dictionary adopted

Meanwhile, the Cabinet adopted in its Sunday session the UAE Sign Language Dictionary, the first UAE-language reference dictionary for the UAE dialect, and a unified reference language for people with hearing disabilities in the UAE.
The Emirati Sign Language Dictionary is in line with UAE Vision 2021 and the National Agenda in maintaining a cohesive society and promoting an inclusive environment that integrates all segments of society while preserving the UAE's unique culture and heritage.
The guide will facilitate the exchange of knowledge between the members of society and those with hearing disabilities and harmony among them, and promote the linguistic identity of the deaf community in the country and increase their pride in their homeland and their own language, derived from the local dialect.

Resolutions

The UAE Cabinet also adopted a resolution on the Hajj and Umrah system, which aims to develop the regulations and procedures in line with the approved electronic pathway programme for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, which includes Hajj permits and permit-granting regulations.
The Cabinet also adopted the Federal Law on Medical Assistance in Reproduction, which comes as a renewal of the current law in the same field.
The new law expands its provisions to include new regulations in licensing medical centers.

School calendar for 2018-2021

On the other hand, the Cabinet adopted the school calendar for the next three years (2018-2021) for all levels of education in order to provide all parties involved in the educational process with a clear and accurate view of the school calendar.

Emirates Diplomatic Academy

The Cabinet also approved the restructuring of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy under the chairmanship of Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees also includes: Dr. Anwar bin Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State; Ali Mohammad Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary General of the National Security Council; Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to the French Republic; Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, Mohammad Issa Abushahab, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Kingdom of Belgium; Mohammad Ahmad Al Harbi as well as Abdelnasser Jamal Al Shaali from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Foreign Humanitarian Assistance 

The Cabinet also approved the re-formation of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Assistance headed by Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, to coordinate and organize the UAE's humanitarian response to all international humanitarian crises and situations.
The committee includes representatives of the armed forces, UAE Red Crescent Authority, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Dubai Cares Foundation, and the World Humanitarian City.
The Cabinet also adopted the establishment of a UAE Embassy in Ivory Coast in Abidjan and the establishment of a UAE Consulate General in Zanzibar in the Republic of Tanzania.

The Cabinet also approved an agreement between the Government of the Republic of Moldova on economic and technical cooperation, an agreement with the Government of Turkmenistan on cultural cooperation and the adoption of UAE’s contribution to the Eleventh Replenishment of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the period 2019-2021.

10-year residency will attract specialist doctors


Long-term visas will support efforts to bring highly skilled medical professionals to UAE, senior industry executives say

Dubai: The health care sector stands to hugely benefit from changes to the UAE’s visa laws, which will provide doctors with long-term residency of up to 10 years, according to senior industry executives.
On Sunday, the UAE Cabinet announced that it would be introducing a new system of entry visas for investors and skilled professionals later this year, providing them with a long-term visa.

In a statement emailed to Gulf News, Dr Rakesh Suri, chief executive of the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, said that the decision was an important step towards developing a knowledge-based economy.
“The availability of long-term visas will support our efforts to bring global specialists to the UAE, who in turn will contribute to the development of the next generation of Emirati national caregivers,” Suri said.
A company spokesperson for Mediclinic Middle East, which operates six hospitals and 23 clinics in the UAE, said that the company was pleased to hear the news
“As an international health care company, we actively seek medical experts from around the world and these changes could further encourage individuals to come and work in the UAE,” the spokesperson added.
The new skilled visa is understood to encompass specialists in a range of medical, research and technical fields, as well as scientists and innovators.
Dr Azad Moopen, founder and chairman of Aster DM, said the decision would have a “huge impact” on the health care industry, where doctors are usually reluctant to relocate without a long-term plan.
“The highly skilled medical professionals who are required for setting up tertiary to quaternary care hospitals and institutions for medical education will find it more attractive to come to UAE in view of the long-term prospects. Many of them consider it difficult to relocate for short-term opportunities due to disruption of their professional work as well as their children’s education. These issues will be addressed if they can get an assurance of long-term employment. I firmly believe that the steps adopted by the visionary leaders of UAE in business ownership and long-term residency will help the health care sector positively.”
Dr Majid Shurrab, medical director at Al Tadawi Medical Centre, said: “The Cabinet decision granting 10-year residency visa will play major role in improving the UAE environment and will also make people feel happy to work in the UAE. By giving this privilege, it will attract doctors, pharmacists and engineers to come here and this in return will create a high standard community. This will make health professionals feel secure because they don’t have to worry about their visa for 10 years. They will be able to open their clinics, buy their houses, and bring their families. It will make them feel like they are home.”

UAE allows 100 per cent ownership for investors


Students in the country will get 5-year visa while top achievers will be given 10-year student visa

Abu Dhabi: The UAE Cabinet on Sunday announced the launch of an integrated visa system aimed at attracting professionals and talented people in all vital sectors of the national economy.
According to the new visa system, investors and professionals in the medical, scientific, research and technical fields along with their families, as well as all scientists and creative people, will get 10 years UAE residence visa.

The new residency system will also grant a 5-years residency visa for students studying the country and a 10-years residency visa for the top achievers.
The Cabinet also issued instructions to conduct a review to the residency system with a view to extending residency permits for those sponsored by their parents after completing their university studies to facilitate their future residence in the UAE.
The new rule was approved by at the Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at the Presidential Place in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
Lt General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, were present.
Shaikh Mohammad reaffirmed that the UAE will remain an international incubator for exceptional talents and a top and permanent destination for international investors. “The UAE adopts the policy of openness and is governed by tolerance. Everyone living on its lands [Emiratis and expats] contribute to the country’s renaissance”, Shaikh Mohammad added.
“Our open environment, tolerant values, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and flexible legislation are the best plan to attract international investment and exceptional talents. The UAE will remain the land of opportunity, the best environment for realising human dreams and unleashing their extraordinary potential”, The Vice President further said.
The Cabinet also announced changes to the foreign ownership system of companies in the UAE, approving a decision allowing 100 per cent ownership of UAE-based enterprises for international investors.
Shaikh Mohammad instructed the Ministry of Economy to coordinate with relevant authorities to implement the new decision by the end of this year, follow up on its developments and submit a detailed report in the third quarter of this year.
Other decisions
On the other hand, the Cabinet adopted in its session the UAE Sign Language Dictionary, which is the first UAE-language reference dictionary for the UAE dialect, and a unified reference language people with hearing disabilities in the UAE.
The Cabinet adopted a resolution on the Haj and Umrah system, which aims to develop the regulations and procedures in line with the approved electronic pathway program for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, which includes Haj permits and permit-granting regulations.
The Cabinet also adopted the Federal Law on Medical Assistance in Reproduction, which comes as a renewal of the current law in the same field. The new law expands its provisions to include new regulations in licensing medical centres.
The Cabinet adopted the school calendar for the next three years (2018-2021) for all levels of education in order to provide all parties involved in the educational process with a clear and accurate view of the school calendar.

The Cabinet also approved the restructuring of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy under the chairmanship of Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The Cabinet also approved the re-formation of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Assistance headed by Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, to coordinate and organise the UAE’s humanitarian response to all international humanitarian crises and situations.
Key points
— 10-year-residence visa for investors, specialists, doctors, engineers, researchers, scientists, creative people, and their families
— Five-year visa for students in the UAE
— 10-year residence visa for top students
— 100 per cent ownership for internationalinvestors