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Dubai announces five-year multiple-entry visa for tourists from top source market India amid record visitor numbers

Dubai has introduced a five-year multiple-entry visa to facilitate travel from India, aiming to enhance tourism and business engagement. The visa allows a stay of up to 90 days, extendable once, with a total stay not exceeding 180 days annually. In 2023, Dubai welcomed 2.46 million overnight visitors from India, a significant increase from previous years, contributing to a record-breaking performance in tourism.

Dubai has introduced a five-year multiple-entry visa to further bolster travel from India. The visa, issued within two to five working days upon receiving and accepting the service request, allows its holder to stay in the country for 90 days, extendable once for a similar period, with a total stay not exceeding 180 days in one year.


Dubai welcomed 2.46 million overnight visitors from India between January and December 2023, according to the latest data from the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET). This marks an increase from the 1.84 million tourists in 2022 and surpasses the pre-pandemic figure of 1.97 million visitors in 2019. DET said through this 'significant' initiative, tourists can now leverage multiple entries and exits, providing operational flexibility for business engagements and leisure travel. Bader Ali Habib, regional head of proximity markets at DET said Dubai values its long-standing relationship with India, and its inbound visitation from the market in 2023 was 'outstanding', contributing to a record-breaking performance by Dubai's tourism sector.


"India will continue to play an integral role in enabling us to achieve the goals of the D33 Agenda, further reinforcing Dubai’s position as a hub for business, investment and tourism. The five-year multiple entry visa initiative signifies a strategic step towards deepening our already existing ties with India. This historic milestone will not only open doors to a longer and more enriching experience for Indian tourists, but also provide a platform for increased economic collaboration," he said.


"It is also testament to Dubai's commitment to India and the infinite possibilities that can be explored between UAE and the sub-continent. With exceptional flight connectivity and our ongoing commitment to the Indian market, we are confident that our upcoming initiatives will further amplify awareness about Dubai's diverse offerings, multicultural setting, and abundance of hotels and attractions, continuing to make it the top travel choice for Indian tourists," he added.


Dubai welcomed more tourists than ever before in 2023, attracting 17.15 million international overnight visitors over the course of the year, according to the latest data published by DET. Representing a 19.4% year on year growth over the 14.36 million tourist arrivals in 2022, last year’s figure also exceeded the previous record of 16.73 million visitors registered in 2019.


"With an exceptional 34% year on year growth, India continues to deliver the highest number of international visitors from a single market. This robust influx of Indian tourists contributed significantly to Dubai's record-breaking tourism performance in 2023," DET said in a statement, and added that the growth aligns with the goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33, launched just over a year ago by his highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to further consolidate Dubai’s position as one of the top three global cities for business and leisure, and the best city to visit, live and work in.


"UAE and India stand as key economic partners, with a relationship deeply rooted in centuries-old cultural exchanges, diplomatic cooperation, and significant trade ties. The diverse Indian market allows Dubai to attract a broad range of travellers, catering to various preferences such as luxury shopping, cultural experiences, family-friendly attractions, and business conferences," DET said in a statement

By Anumeha Chaturvedi

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