UAE visa extension: Residents can spend more time with visiting relatives

Dubai - Tourist visas will be extended for one additional month without any government fees.

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By James Jose

Published: Tue 29 Dec 2020, 5:16 PM

Last updated: Tue 29 Dec 2020, 5:22 PM

UAE residents have expressed delight over being able to spend more time with their visiting loved ones. This has been made possible by a visit visa extension announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, late on Monday.

Dubai resident Asif Mehmood said his parents arrived in the UAE on a visit visa in October. They were due to return to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on January 2.

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“I’m very happy with the one-month extension. This is very good news and is very helpful for people. I would like to thank the UAE Government for this. I will avail of this opportunity so that my parents can stay for one more month,” said Mehmood.

Ashley Tariro, a traveller and photographer, said the extension has helped her family. “It has helped my family greatly, I’m really grateful,” said Tariro.

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Rahma Ali is happy that she can extend her stay with her family. “I’m a student here visiting family ... It has helped so much,” said Rahma.

Syed Arsh said the decision is a boon for people who have been stranded due to temporary border closures around the world.

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