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UAE to issue golden visas for front frontline workers and families

The long-term residency visas will also be extended to families of fallen frontline heroes

Kuwait says foreigners on commercial visit visas can switch to work permits

Thousands of expats have left Kuwait this year and have been unable to return to the country due to the pandemic

Saudi Arabia visas

Saudi extends visa validity for stranded expats until November 30

The country will also extend the validity of visit as well as exit and re-entry visas at no extra fee

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UAE allows entry of vaccinated residents who have been outside of the country for over six months

Incoming residents must apply via the ICA website and complete the vaccination application in order to get necessary approvals

UAE announces new initiatives, including visa changes and new data law

A new green visa has been launched to offer more flexibility to expats in the UAE

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Dubai opens registrations for long-term cultural visas for creatives in Al Quoz

The cultural visas were first approved in 2019 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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UAE to open processing of tourist visas for vaccinated individuals from all countries

Starting August 30, the decision applies even to citizens arriving from previously banned countries

Saudi Arabia to extend residency permits for expats stranded outside the kingdom

It will be extended automatically and at no additional cost

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Saudi Arabia: Vaccinated tourists can now enter without having to quarantine

Saudi recognises the Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines

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Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 to endorse tech entrepreneurs for golden residency visas

Recipients of the five-year visas can also sponsor their families and up to three executive directors

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Saudi Arabia to extend visa validity of expats stranded abroad until August 31

It will be extended automatically and at no additional cost to the visa holders

Abu Dhabi Residents Office

Abu Dhabi launches new office to address residency requirements of expats

The Abu Dhabi Residents Office will operate as a division of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development

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UAE to grant golden residency visas to select high school students and their families

Applications for these golden visas must be submitted through the Emirates Schools Establishment

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Dubai launches new residency service that is accessible round-the-clock

It will accept residency-related requests and inquiries from companies and individuals, as well as citizens and residents seven days a week

Abu Dhabi clarifies that free Covid-19 vaccines will not be given to tourists

The emirate stressed that vaccines are only available to those holding expired residency visas or expired entry visas

Oman

Oman to introduce new long-term residency programme for foreign investors

Starting September 2021, the Investment Residency Programme will offer renewable five and ten-year visas subject to applicants meeting specific criteria

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Business Traveller Middle East to host US Green Card and residency seminar in Dubai

The EB-5 programme investment price will soon decrease from $900,000 to $500,000

Saudi Arabia Visas

Saudi to extend validity of visas until July 31 for expats stranded abroad

The extension will be done automatically and at no cost to the visa holders

Abu Dhabi

UAE residency visas: Covid-19 test now required prior to medical screening in Abu Dhabi

Starting from June 7, a PCR test must be taken not more than 72 hours prior to visiting an AHS centre for a visa medical test

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to issue discounted tourist visas for Israelis, Egyptians, Armenians and Georgians

Passengers will be able to apply and pay for the visa via the carrier’s website itself

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Saudi offers automatic extension of residency, visit visas for stranded expats

The General Directorate of Passports will extend the validity of visas of expatriates from countries where entry to the kingdom is currently banned

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New Turkey visa application centre opens in Dubai

A Platinum Lounge service includes a personal chauffeur service to and from the visa application centre

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

UAE announces new remote working residency visa, multiple-entry tourist visas

The decision was reached on Sunday during a cabinet meeting chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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Kuwait eases visa transfer restrictions for expats

The new decision allows expat government employees and those on dependent visas to transfer to jobs in the private sector

Abu Dhabi launches programme to attract expatriates

The ‘Thrive in Abu Dhabi’ initiative invites foreigners and their families to settle down in the capital emirate

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UAE postpones visa-free travel agreement with Israel until July 1

Airlines from both countries have begun scheduled direct commercial passenger flights over the last few weeks

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Dubai Tourism signs agreement with GDRFA to collaborate on residency permits, special visas

The two entities will collaborate on special residency programmes including the Virtual Working programme, Golden Visas for investors and retirement visa too

Dubai UAE Residents

UAE residents who have stayed outside of the country for over 180 days can now return

Those with valid visas issued in Dubai must get an approval from the GDRFA before they return

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Kuwait to offer only one-year residency for expats – report

The new decision will apply to all expats entering the country

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UAE authorities issue guidelines on applying for amnesty as Dec deadline looms

Following the amnesty period, those found with expired visas face fines of up to Dhs315 per week