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New Rules for Tourist Visas Will Make Travelling To UAE Cheaper

Good news! An amendment has been made to UAE’s tourist visa rules, which is about to make travelling to the region a lot cheaper.

Free visa for dependents under 18 years old

Dependents aged below 18 travelling with families will be exempt from paying tourist visa fees. There’s a catch though, according to Khaleej Times, the visa can only be issued for free during the summer season from 15th July to 15th September.

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Recently, transit visas were made free

More than 70% of 88.2 million passengers(in 2017) at Dubai International Airport(DXB) were transit tourists and to boost tourism in the country, the UAE Cabinet slashed transit tourist visa prices by making them free for the first two days and Dhs50 for three days, compared to the Dhs150 charge for three days before.

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Dubai received 8.1 million visitors in the first half of 2018

With new tourist attractions like Dubai Frame and Dubai Safari opened this year, Dubai received 8.1 million tourists in the first half of 2018, 0.49% higher than last year’s total of 8.06 million during the same time period. What’s next, there’s the Bluewaters Island expected to open this year, home to ‘Ain’ Dubai Ferris Wheel as well as the opening of Hatta’s eco-tourism project.

Following UAE, even Oman slashed its visa prices

Going to the Sultanate of Oman has got cheaper too! The tourist visa fee was reduced from OMR 20(Dhs191) to OMR 5(Dhs47) this year after UAE made the transit visa-free for the first two days. What’s more, the visa allows tourists to stay in the country for one month, compared to the previous ten-day allowance.