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Oman visa-free entry: Check list to see countries that qualify

Nationals of 103 countries and regions are exempt from entry visas for stays up to 14 days

aiBANK partners with Visa to advance digital payments

EFG Holding’s aiBANK, Visa partner to advance digital payments

The partnership seeks to provide customers with a comprehensive range of innovative products and services tailored to modern digital payment preferences


Saudi Arabia expands visitor e-visa to eight additional countries

Nationals of these countries can apply for a Saudi visitor visa ahead of their journey via the official e-visa portal

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Tarabut Gateway raises $32m to fund Saudi expansion

The open banking platform plans to use the proceeds of the Series A funding round to accelerate growth in Saudi Arabia

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UAE announces new entry permit fees for Golden Visa

The long-term visa offers select groups the ability to work, live and study in the country without the need for sponsorship

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EU inches closer to digitalise Schengen visa procedure

The proposal aims to make the visa application procedure more efficient and to improve the security of the Schengen area

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VFS Global extends Ramadan timings in UAE

Offers premium application centre services for UK visa applicants

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UAE visas: Expats need monthly income of Dhs10,000 to sponsor 5 relatives

The new visa rules require expats who want to bring their relatives or their wives’ relatives to the UAE to have an adequate monthly income

New UAE visa entry permit updates

UAE announces updates to 15 services linked to visa, entry permits

The updates include a one time visa extension for a period of 30 days for 90-day visa holders

World Cup fans on pace for record spending at tournament venues

Fans who were present to watch Saudi Arabia take on Mexico on November 30 spent the most overall


Meta to lay off more than 11,000 employees

The company has also extended its hiring freeze through Q1 of next year, with a small number of exceptions


Emiratis can travel to Japan without a visa from November 1

The decision coincides with the launch of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the UAE and Japan


Emirates Islamic offers Visa cardholders a chance to watch FIFA World Cup live

Customers stand a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to the final, semi-finals, quarter-final and opening matches

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Dubai Health Authority signs MoU with Visa

Visa will work in cooperation with its bank partners to provide cardholders with a set of exclusive discounts on medical services


UAE partners with startup Deel to expedite foreign worker visas

San Francisco-based Deel was last valued at $5.5bn in October and has received backing from investors including Coatue and and Altimeter Capital


UAE citizens will not require visas to visit UK from 2023

The directive has been extended to other GCC countries as well

ADIB_visa partnership

UAE’s ADIB, Visa partner to boost adoption of digital payments

ADIB and Visa’s partnership will drive the growth of digital payments through data-led solutions and deliver differentiated products in the market

VIsa launches She's Next with FAB and DBC

Visa, FAB and DBWC launch ‘She’s Next’ programme for female entrepreneurs in UAE

She’s Next will deliver significant networking opportunities in partnership with the Dubai Business Women Council for female entrepreneurs in Dubai

Museum of the Future signs partnerships with RTA, Emirates, Audi, among others

These partnerships support the museum’s role in enhancing Dubai and the world’s readiness for the future

UAE reinstates visa-free entry for Ukrainian citizens

Ukrainians who arrived prior to March 3 can continue to remain in the UAE for a period of up to one year

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Ajman to introduce contactless payments on public transport

The implementation EMV technology will reduce the passenger’s travel time by eliminating the need to stand in line to purchase tickets

First Abu Dhabi Bank, Etihad and Visa to launch sustainability-linked credit card

The credit card will reward members for making sustainable choices, while providing options to offset emissions for their spending

Over 50% of UAE consumers to go cashless by 2024 – Visa

Around 71 per cent of small businesses surveyed in the UAE said they already are, or plan to be, cashless in the next two years

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SEHA launches new app to streamline visa screening appointments

Currently available for individual booking only, the application will be expanded to include businesses at a later stage

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Dubai Airport Freezone launches ‘Talent Pass’ licence for freelancers

It allows its holders to obtain a residence visa for three years, in addition to renting office space provided by the freezone

Five-year visas announced for employees of global companies based in Dubai

The directive was announced by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, on Tuesday

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Visa opens its new flagship regional headquarters in Dubai

Spanning 100,000 sq ft, the new HQ will serve almost 90 countries across the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region

Israel plans to reopen to vaccinated tourists in Nov, hopes to attract many from the UAE

Israel is hoping that its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as a platform to attract visitors

PayMate marks its UAE entry through partnerships with Visa and Citi

The Indian B2B digital payments company has collaborated with Visa and Citi to automate payables based in the region

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Kuwait considers reducing visa fee for residents aged over 60

The country had earlier banned the issuance of work permit renewals for expatriates aged 60 who do not hold university degrees