The United Arab Emirates has rolled out new visa rules, to attract more skilled professionals to the country, as it seeks to bounce back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and generate economic growth.
The visa rules are aimed at “improving the quality of life and making the experience of living, working and investing in the UAE a pleasant and happy one,” local outlet Gulf News reported Major General Sultan Yusef al-Nuaimi, the director general of residency and foreigners affairs, as saying.
Under the new rules, parents are now allowed to sponsor their children until they are 25 years old, up from the previous age of 18.
A five-year, flexible multi-entry tourist visa was also introduced that allows travelers to stay in the UAE for up to 90 days in a row.
Furthermore, the job exploration visa, which allows professionals to find employment within the country, does not require an Emirati sponsor or host.
These new changes will allow the UAE to bring in exceptional professionals from across the world, and ensure that the Emirates will continue to flourish, not only by relying on oil but by expanding the rest of the potential industries for a long-term stable economy.