UAE Unveils First Multi-Entry Five-Year Tourist Visas (photos)

The United Arab Emirates on Monday unveiled its first multi-entry five-year tourist visa for all nationalities, with the aim of turning the Gulf state into a tourism hub.

On Monday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said the visa would allow tourists multiple entries into the country over five years. It is not clear if there will be a visa application fee and no other details have yet been released.

At present, tourists can visit the UAE with a free multiple entry visa for up to 90 days, from the date of entry.

Sheikh Mohammed said the visa, which will be introduced within the next four months, aims to establish the UAE as a “Major global tourism destination” and is part of wider plans to prepare the country for the next 50 years of development.The Emirates currently welcomes about 21 million visitors each year”, he said.

“The year 2020 will be different because it is the year of preparation for the next 50, the year in which we design the future of the Emirates,” he added on Twitter.

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