New immigration office opens at
Port Rashid

The Dubai immigration department opened its new office in the Tourist building at Port Rashid aimed to cope with the tourist boom in the country.

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Published: Tue 23 Nov 2010, 8:57 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:08 PM

Col Salah bin Saloom, Assistant Director for External Offices, said the move is aimed to cope with the tourist boom in the country. “The new office will help ease and speed up the tourist and passenger flow.”

Khaleej Times had cited Hamad bin Migrin, executive director of the business tourist sector at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, saying that Port Rashid would see a significant increase in tourist ships this year. “Eighty seven tourist ships, carrying 262,000 passengers, docked at Port Rashid in 2009 and the number is expected to go up to 106 by the end of this year,” he said. The number is expected to increase to 195 tourist ships by 2015 ferrying about 575,000 passengers. “Several international companies have chosen Dubai as a centre for their operations,” the official added.

Meanwhile, the Dubai immigration department processed 20,507 transactions during the four-day Eid Al Adha holiday, from November 15 to 18.

Major General Mohammad Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department, said the applications were handled in the residency head office in Jafliya, apart from other four external centres in Jebel Ali, Umm Sequim, Dubai Airport Free Zone, and Bin Sougat Shopping centre, Rashidiya.

“The big number of the applications handled reflects Dubai residency staffers’ devotion and keenness to provide the best, fastest and most convenient services to customers,” he said, noting that some other staffers were alert round the clock to process transactions online round the clock.

Major General Marri said as many as 7,885 transactions were processed on Monday while 529 applications were processed online on Tuesday, the first day of Eid Al Adha. “Day two of the holiday, Wednesday, saw 6,173 transactions against 5,920 ones on Thursday till 1pm.”As for the AMER service, some 1,851 transactions were processed through the hotline — 8005111. “Those included 12 emergency cases in collaboration with the Emergency Team,” the official added.

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