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Any person wishing to visit Dubai-UAE must have an entry visa.


Citizens of the Arab Gulf Co-operation Council ( GCC ) countries and British nationals, with the right of abode in UK, do not need visas to enter the Dubai-UAE. Britons can stay for one month, renewable for a further two months.
- US and German citizens can obtain tourist or business visas through any UAE embassy. It can be quicker if you apply in your home country.
- A business visitor may enter the Dubai-UAE on either a transit or visit visa.
- Visa Holders may enter and exit the Dubai-UAE through any port of entry.
- Airlines may require evidence that the incoming visitor has a sponsor who holds the valid visa.

To obtain a visa from a UAE embassy, you will need the following:

- Passport
- 2 photographs
- Duplicate application form
- Letter or fax from the sponsor in the UAE to the embassy concerned
- A letter from the applicant's company plus photocopy

Visit visa

Valid for 30 days, renewable twice upto a total of 100 days including a grace period of 10 days. It takes one week to 10 days for a visit visa to be issued. All visitors require a visit visa through a sponsor.

The sponsor can be your travel agency, your hotel, - a hotel will only provide a visa if you are a guest. the company or department with which you are doing business in Dubai-UAE, or an individual (eg. a relative or friend resident in the Dubai-UAE). For an individual to sponsor a visit visa, he or she must earn over Dh4000 per month and hold a valid residence visa.

You can pick up this visit visa on arrival at the airport, but there is a fee for delivery charge for this service. In order to complete your application, your sponsor will require your date of arrival, flight details, and a photocopy of the first few pages of your passport, which should be valid for at least three months. Your visit visa must be deposited at airport immigration one hour before the arrival of your flight. Note that your airline may require evidence (e.g. a photocopy) before departure that a valid visa awaits you on arrival. Please note that holders of British Overseas Citizens Passport who do not have the right of abode in the UK do need visas to enter Dubai-UAE.

Please be advised that all persons entering Dubai-UAE,require an Entry Visa that needs to be arranged prior to arrival. Except for citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council who do not require a visa and nationalities automatically entitled to visit visas on entry.

Citizens of the following states will be granted a free of charge visit visa on arrival in the Dubai-UAE: UK (with right of abode in the UK), France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Passports will be stamped with the visit visa as you pass through Immigration at any airport in the UAE.

List of Passport Holders who do not require a visa to enter Dubai-UAE.

New Zealand
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
South Korea

Tourist Visa

This special category of visit visa is available for individual tourists from East and West Europe who are not entitled to be issued with a visa on arrival, as well as visitors from Thailand, South Africa and China. The tourist visa, which must be sponsored by hotels and tour operators, entitles its holder to a 30-day stay and is non-renewable.

Transit Visa

If you are flying to or from Europe or the United States, to Asia or Africa and passing through UAE airports, you can obtain a special 96-hour transit visa. You must be sponsored by an airline operating in Dubai-UAE and you must have a valid ticket for your onward flight. Your travel documents will be stamped with an entry seal and there is no charge for this visa.

Entry Service Permit

An entry service permit (sometimes referred to as a 14-day stay) is available to businessmen and tourists. The permit must be sponsored by a company or commercial establishment or a hotel licensed to operate within Dubai-UAE. The visa, which is non-renewable, is valid for 14 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is 14 days from date of entry, exclusive of arrival and departure days. Allow at least two weeks for processing of the permit.

Multiple Entry Visa

An option for business visitors who are frequent visitors to the UAE and who have a relationship with a reputable company in Dubai-UAE. Valid for six months from date of issue, each visit must not exceed 30 days in total. The visitor must enter Dubai-UAE on a visit visa and obtain the multiple entry visa while in the country.

German citizens (both tourists and business visitors) may apply to the UAE embassy in Germany for one or two year multiple-entry visa. No sponsor is required. The maximum duration of stay should not exceed three months a year.

US citizens may apply to the UAE embassy in the US for one to ten year multiple-entry visas. A sponsor is required and the visa will be granted free of charge. The maximum duration of stay should not exceed six months per visit. Cooperation Council - GCC

Saudi Arabia was a prime mover in setting up the Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981. Other members are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Gulf Cooperation Council aims to coordinate resistance to outside intervention in the Gulf. Progress towards economic integration has been slow during the 1980s economic downturn in the region.

The Gulf Cooperation Council seeks to strengthen cooperation (in areas such as agriculture, industry, investment, security, and trade) among its six members: Bahrain, Kuwait, Quatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Gulf Cooperation Council, created in response to the outbreach of the Iran-Iraq war, established the Gulf Standards Organization in November 1982 and the Gulf Investment Corporation in 1984.

The presidency of the Gulf Cooperation Council rotates yearly among members. Council headquarters are in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


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Change & bank

VISA card is accepted in every cash machine
In case of loosing your card phone: 331 9690

Credit Card Services
Ameican Express International : 336 5000
Diners Club: 340 820

Master Card: 3914200
Visa: 331 9690

Emergency Phone Numbers
- Fire: 997
- Police/Ambulance: 999
- Dubai: 229 2222
- Dubai Electricity & water Authority - DEWA: 324 4444
- Electricity & Water: 991
- Directory Enquiries: 181
 - Medical center:
          -American Hospital, behind Al Nasr Leisureland, Bur Dubai
            Tel: 336 7777
          - Al Maktoum Hospital, Deira
            Tel: 222 1211
 - Pharmacy:
 There is always a pharmacy open in Dubai , as they rotatefor 24 hour duty. Call 04 - 223 2323 for information on practicing pharmacies for that day or night
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