In a bid to attract more global visitors and drive flexibility and efficiency, Dubai has introduced a new five-year visa for employees of international companies based in the emirate. Making the announcement, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council said the policy was part of efforts to make Dubai the best city to work and live in the world. “Our goal is to support their operations, provide corporate teams ease-of-access to the city and enable them to participate in events, conferences, and exhibitions,” he said.
In another important update, the Dubai International Airport announced that it will start operating at full capacity from next week. “Passenger traffic at Dubai Airports has grown by almost 20 per cent in the last four weeks to reach 20.7 million in the year to date to October 2021. Results of ease in travel restrictions in key global markets which is generating renewed confidence in the prospects of international travel,” commented Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.
The new visa is a joint initiative between the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs in Dubai and the Department of Economy and Tourism, Dubai. It allows multiple entry access to holders with a validity of 5 years, where the visa holders can visit and stay in the UAE for 90 days, with the option of extending their stay for another 90 days.The five-year multi-entry-visa joins other new categories of visas and programmes launched by Dubai including the Golden Visa for entrepreneurs and property and business investors, as well as the Retire in Dubai and Virtual Working programmes.
According to Dubai Tourism, the city received around 3.85 million international visitors between January and September 2021. “There are 726 hotel establishments with a total of 123,868 rooms that are open in Dubai, with the overall 61 per cent occupancy being among the highest worldwide,” it said.