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Dubai business visa

Dubai business visa

If you want to travel to Dubai, you must get a visa to enter the UAE. People from different countries must satisfy varying criteria to get a valid Dubai visa to enter the UAE, whether for business or tourism.

If you need a Dubai business visa, Dubai Visa and Investment Centre can assist you with the application and make the process less stressful.

Eligibility criteria for a Dubai business visa

Applicants must prove they are an entrepreneur by proving their entrepreneurial experience. This may include being a senior leadership team member in a successful business or playing a major role in a start-up. The applicant must also have a business idea they want to start in the UAE.

Other requirements include a medical assessment by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship and Ports Security and a background check.

A Dubai business residence isn't guaranteed if an applicant meets the Dubai business visa requirements. You must send in the visa application, business plan and other legal documents for review and approval by government officials.

Validity of Dubai business visa and stay period

You can get a Dubai visa for a temporary 30-day stay if you reside in the UAE. You must convert this visa to a residency permit before the expiry date.

If you are outside the UAE, you will get a temporary multi-entry 180 days (six months) Dubai visa to explore UAE opportunities and settle there. You must convert this visa to a Dubai residency permit before expiry.

You can convert your temporary Dubai visa to a residency permit at the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security.

Processing time for a Dubai business visa

Generally, processing a Dubai visa takes about 60 days (two months). The initial visa application and its review may take about 30 days. Afterwards, applicants get 30 days to fulfil the requirements stated by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security, such as submitting documents and getting a medical assessment.

Documents for Dubai business visa

You need the following documents to apply for a Dubai business visa

  • Proof of hotel reservation
  • A scanned copy of your passport's front and last page (the passport must have at least six months of validity)
  • Cover letter from the applicant stating the duration and purpose of the visit
  • A photocopy of coloured photographs that meet the Dubai visa specifications
  • Original and photocopy of Income Tax Returns
  • Original confirmed return or onward air ticket (necessary for Ok to Board)
  • Cover letter from the company
  • A female travelling alone requires NOC from her husband or father
  • Original and photocopy of investment documents (financial proof)

Benefits of Dubai business visa

  • You can enter the country for six months over several entries until you set up your business in the UAE.
  • You can sponsor dependants if you fulfil the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security criteria.
  • You can nominate up to three senior staff for a Dubai residency permit.

If you need a Dubai business visa, our consultants at Dubai Visa and Investment Centre can guide you throughout the process and inform you of the necessary documents for approval. Call us today on 971544563095.

Frequently asked questions

No, you can't. You can only attend work-related seminars and business meetings with a Dubai tourist visa but cannot invest or start a business in Dubai.

Dubai has specific freezones (free trade zones) or business zones where you can operate businesses without paying value-added tax (VAT), income tax, corporate tax and customs tax.

Yes, they can. A foreigner can set up a business in Dubai. Operating a business in Dubai has several benefits, such as tax-free income and free healthcare, that attract many foreigners who want a start a business.

The UAE government has also developed the UAE Golden Visa scheme to attract more entrepreneurs and investors. This visa permits the holder to live in Dubai for up to ten years.

The retirement age in Dubai is 65, but employers can get the necessary work permits, allowing people to work until they are 65.

A Dubai visa rejection can occur for different reasons, such as false information, incomplete form, lack of relevant documents or blur documents.

No, you will not. The Dubai visa fee is non-refundable.

Yes. The Dubai visa cost includes service charges, medical insurance, taxes and consulate fees.

Yes, the visa fee is the same for every age.

Travellers who can get the Dubai visa on arrival must have a UK visa, US visa or Schengen visa, a valid EU region or UK residency visa, or a valid USA green card. Besides these conditions, you will spend a lot of time in queues at the immigration counter. The validity of this visa is 14 days.

Apply for an online visa before travelling to avoid long waiting times and get a longer stay period.

Generally, if you apply for a Dubai visa, its processing takes five working days, but if you opt for the Dubai Express visa services, your processing time can be about 48 hours.