His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has announced two new visas for the UAE on Monday, 21st Mach 2020.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted that during a cabinet meeting he chaired, they approved a Remote Work Visa that enables employees from all over the world to live and work remotely from the UAE even if their companies are based in another country.
In a following tweet he mentions that the cabinet has also approved a multiple entry tourist visa for all nationalities to strengthen the UAE’s status as a global economic capital.
Multiple Entry Tourist Visa
The multiple-entry tourist visa made available to all nationalities, will come with a validity of 5 years. The holder of the visa will be permitted to stay in the country for upto 90 days during each entry. This period will be extendable by another 90 days. Holders of this visa can enter and exit the country as many times as required during the 5 years of their visa validity.
UAE attracts over 21 million tourists each year, so the decision to have a 5-year Multiple entry tourist visa for Dubai will undeniably boost the tourism industry.
UAE multiple-entry tourist visa will make life easier for travelers who visit the country regularly and is being hailed as a blessing for expatriate families and business travellers.
The multiple entry visa is yet to be implemented. The finer details about how this visa will be rolled out will be revealed in due course.
Remote Work Visa
The remote work visa will enable employees from any part of the world to live and work remotely from the UAE for even if the company is based out of another country.
The applicants of this visa must be willing to sponsor themselves.
The remote work visa will be valid for 1 year and will cost USD611 in total inclusive of application fees, processing costs, medical and Emirates ID.
You can visit the following link for more details on how to apply UAE virtual working programme
The population of Dubai dropped by 8.4% last year as expatriate workers left the country during the Covid-19 pandemic. The emirate suffered due to this population decrease in the Gulf.
UAE Residence permits are usually tied to employment and many expatriates have to leave if they lose their jobs. With the new remote visa, employees can work for a company that is based outside the UAE.
The introduction of these two new visas is aimed at boosting the UAE’s economic status globally and providing the best quality of life to their citizens and residents.