From a maximum of 90 days to five years – the UAE’s tourist visa is in for a major shake-up.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai and UAE Prime Minister, has revealed through Twitter the approval of a new multi-entry five year tourist visa.
The new visa – which was signed and approved during the Cabinet’s first 2020 meeting – will apply to all nationalities visiting the country.
Currently, tourists visiting the country can stay in the country for up to 90 days from the date of arrival.
This latest move according to Sheikh Mohammed would help boost the UAE’s tourism economy further solidifying the country’s position as a leading tourist destination.
He also announced the introduction of a visa waiver for Mexican citizens travelling to the UAE.
Both of these visa changes will take effect on the first quarter of 2020.
The Cabinet meeting set into motion the plans and goals of the UAE as the country looks forward to bolster its economy for the next five decades.
“We challenge our government and Federal teams for the next 50 years. The year 2020 leaves behind 50 years of achievements, and welcomes 50 years of perseverance and hard work in the service of the nation and its citizens,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
“We want 2020 to be a year of development, growth and competition with leading countries in economy, competitiveness and well-being.
“We do not want our achievements to be limited to one segment of the society. We want them to be diversified to touch the lives of seniors, children and people of determination, both for UAE nationals and residents, students and employees, entrepreneurs and investors, alike.”
He added: “The preparation for the next 50 years is a challenge we accept along with our federal teams. We are confident that these teams are up for the challenge and able to create a positive change in the lives of our citizens and to achieve the objectives of the agenda 2021.”