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United Arab Emirates

How To Apply For A Visa In The United Arab Emirates

Friday March 20, 2020 (09:43:55)

All foreign visitors entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must obtain a visa prior to arrival, unless they are a national from a visa-exempt country. Citizens from member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) can enjoy freedom of movement within the UAE, with the exception of citizens from Qatar (unless they are a family member of a resident).

Visitors coming to the UAE will require a minimum validity on their passport of six months. GCC nationals, except Qataris, only need to show government ID or a driving license in order to travel between any of the member countries. If you’re simply transiting through the UAE, and are not passing through immigration, then your passport only needs to have a minimum validity of three months.

Citizens from some countries will qualify for a visa on arrival, which will allow them to stay in the UAE for up to 30 days. It is possible to extend this type of visa a maximum of two times. This will add an additional 30 days onto your visa, without you needing to leave the country. Some foreign nationals may be eligible for visit visas on a multiple-entry basis for up to 180 days.


Security measures in Dubai International Airport include conducting eye screenings at random. Visitors who are taken for eye screenings are also required to present a hard copy of their visa or, at the very least, a printed version of their visa number. Failure to produce this will result in a charge of AED30.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Working

United Arab Emirates

How To Find A Job In The UAE

Monday January 27, 2020 (14:05:41)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is made up of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. The official language of business is English and around 85% of the population are expats.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Health

United Arab Emirates

How To Keep Your Insurance Costs Low In The UAE

Monday December 16, 2019 (09:43:55)

If you are an expat who is resident and employed in the UAE, you will need to have private health cover. Until 2019, public healthcare had not been open to expat residents of the Emirates, although now there is limited eligibility for expats to become citizens of the UAE if they are in some professions: the so-called ‘Gold Card’ visa.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Health

United Arab Emirates

How To Register With The Health System In The UAE

Monday December 16, 2019 (09:34:15)

As an expat in the UAE, you will probably not be able to access a significant degree of public healthcare. Health insurance schemes in the UAE, a federation of seven Emirates, vary depending on which region you are working in, but overall, free healthcare is only available for UAE citizens with the exception of the new Gold Card visa.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Health

United Arab Emirates

Maternity Care In The UAE: What The Options Are And How To Decide On A Birth Plan

Monday December 16, 2019 (09:25:09)

As an expectant expat in the UAE you will have access to a high standard of maternity care. You will not be eligible for public maternity care (this is usually open only to citizens of the UAE, except in case of emergency), but the private sector is excellent.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Health

United Arab Emirates

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In The UAE?

Monday December 16, 2019 (09:15:43)

The quality of healthcare in the UAE is of a globally recognised standard. If you are an expat who is living and working in the Emirates, you will only be able to access the various public healthcare systems under certain circumstances, but will have full access to the private sector since a criterion of obtaining a visa for the Emirates includes comprehensive health insurance, either with a local provider or one of the international health insurance companies. We will look below at some of your options.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Health

United Arab Emirates

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In The UAE?

Monday December 16, 2019 (09:02:16)

If you are an expat who is resident and working in the UAE, the cost of any healthcare procedures that you undergo will depend on whether you are paying for your care out-of-pocket or whether you have private health insurance.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Health

United Arab Emirates

Expat Health Insurance In The UAE: What You Need To Know

Monday July 08, 2019 (15:59:26)

The UAE is a hugely popular expat destination, with about 80% of its residents being from abroad. Most of the expats living there are from Asia, although its relatively liberal culture compared with other Gulf states makes it popular with expats from Western nations too.

There are many reasons to move to the UAE, from its high wages and excellent job opportunities to the luxurious style of living. Still, moving abroad is rarely a straightforward decision, and while dreaming about luxuriating on beaches is fun, it's important to keep the more practical considerations in mind too.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Working

United Arab Emirates

Which Jobs Could You Be Offered As A Female Expat In The UAE?

Monday July 01, 2019 (17:17:22)

The UAE has been considered an infamously difficult climate for women for some time now. Even in Dubai, for example, which is largely thought of as the most liberal city in the Middle East, women have only been legally allowed to drive in the past two years or so. It is unsurprising therefore that many female expats are hesitant about relocating there and spend a long time carefully considering whether life in the UAE is for them.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

Living In The UAE: The Pitfalls Expats Can Face

Tuesday June 25, 2019 (15:05:40)

The UAE can be a great place to live and work. With a high standard of living, good transport links and education, plus zero income tax, it’s a popular choice for a number of expats – more than 88% of its population come from abroad, according to the UN. Some 120,000 of those are from the UK, with a further 50,000 from the US. The UAE even appointed a Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing!   more ...



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