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Dubai: On November 16, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai announced how Dubai has started issuing a five-year multi-entry visa for employees of multinational companies, to further accelerate momentum across tourism and other business sectors.

The new visa is a joint initiative between the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) and Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism. It allows multiple entries during the year for holders of the visa and is valid for five years. An individual holding this visa will be able to visit the UAE and stay for 90 days, with the option of extending their stay for another 90 days.

“In line with Dubai's recently announced Five-Year Multi-Entry Tourist Visa for business and leisure travel, we have launched a programme to help you bring your global business personnel to Dubai. This will allow them to conveniently access and work from your Dubai offices, or attend to regional business, if you are in the process of establishing your presence here.

Where can I apply?

If you would like to register your business for the Five-Year Multi-Entry Tourist Visa, you would need to first visit the website - dubaimultiyear.com

Once you visit the website, you will be asked to provide the following details:

• Dubai Immigration Establishment Number

(If you don’t have a Dubai Immigration Establishment Number, you can enter “00000”)

• Company name

• Company history (Number of years you have been in business)

• Number of offices

• Headquarter location

• Company website

• Company phone number

• Where are your branches located?

• Where are your suppliers located?

• How many company services do you offer in Dubai?

• Number of employees

• Average annual revenue

• Number of board members

• Company representative details (Full name, email address, phone number)

How long does the process take?

As per the website, once your form is submitted online and verified within one to three working days, you will receive a confirmation email with steps to submit your individual visa applications as required.

You can also email enquiries to multiyear@dubai-majlis.com