Dubai introduces new entry permit system for GCC residents

Visiting this metropolitan city just got a whole lot easier.

If you’re a resident of one of the GCC countries and have been yearning to explore Dubai, here’s some exciting news that’s bound to put a smile on your face. Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has just rolled out a brand-new Dubai entry permit system, designed exclusively for you.

This new policy is designed to smooth entry processes and streamline other procedures so you can get a red-carpet welcome to the UAE. No more paperwork headaches or long queues – just a straightforward pathway to your Dubai dreams.

To qualify for this service, all you need is a valid residency in any of the GCC countries for at least a year, a clean slate in terms of travel restrictions and a work or residency card that clearly states your profession.

Applying for the new entry permit is a breeze. Here’s a quick rundown of the steps you need to follow:

  • Start by logging in to the smart services portal using either your UAE Pass or username.
  • To select the service, navigate to the Dubai entry permit service for GCC residents.
  • Fill in the application and provide the required information.
  • Attach the necessary documents, including your original passport and the original residence permit issued by the GCC country you’re applying from.
  • Now seal the deal with an application fee of AED 262.50, which includes the VAT.

The entry permits will be processed and likely issued within 48 hours. That means you’ll be on your way to experiencing Dubai’s skyline and world-class attractions in no time. But before you hop on that flight — or decide to venture by road, make sure you carry your passport, your GCC residency permit and your labour card as you will be required to present these upon reaching Dubai.

So, there you have it – Dubai’s fresh and fabulous entry permit system for GCC residents. With this user-friendly approach, you can now focus on planning your Dubai itinerary, from visiting the towering Burj Khalifa to enjoying a desert safari under the starry night sky.

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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