Can I get visa on arrival in Dubai?
Google’s answer to this was pretty much ‘No’ uptil now. Not anymore!
Earlier in March of this year, the UAE Cabinet approved the proposal to grant visa on arrival to Indian passport holders that have either a valid US visa or a green card when they arrive in Dubai. The enactment came into effect on May 1, 2017.
The decision was made in the light of the long-term strategic partnership between India and the UAE, wherein both nations are working upon promoting political, economic and trade interests between each other. Furthermore, this order strengthens UAE’s global status as a tourist and economic hub.
In short, it’s celebration time for all Indian wanderers who have a stopover in Dubai. Dubai boasts of the busiest and sexiest international airport connecting most of the major international cities. And now, apart from being a popular stopover destination, it is also one of the many charming retreats that offer Indians a visa on arrival, the likes of which include Mauritius, Maldives, Indonesia, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and more.
Please note that though this upmarket city will now let you have a visa on arrival, one must, however, keep the following things in mind:
- The visa will be valid for 14 days and extendable for a similar period only once
- The passport must be valid for 6 months or more
- The fee for entry permit is INR 1,750/- (100 Dirham)
- The fee for one-time extension of the entry permit is INR 4,365/- (250 Dirham)
It’s now all the more easier to explore this glittering, fashionable city with ultra modern facilities, architecture, style, and luxury. It’s essentially a dream come true for many! So don’t miss this chance vagabonds. And when it comes to exploring this happening city, here’s all you should know about a fancy Dubai holiday:
Best Time To Visit Dubai:
The ideal time to visit Dubai is from November to March. One can explore the best of Dubai in a duration of 5 days 4 nights.
Getting Around in Dubai:
With a myriad options like the metro, monorail, public buses, cabs, water buses, and even the traditional Abras (wooden boats), getting around in Dubai is as easy as now getting a visa is! One must, however, buy themselves a rechargeable Nol Card for being able to use public transport on getting there.
Things To Do In Dubai:
There are innumerable fascinating things to do on a Dubai tour. Food lovers, shopaholics, luxury seekers, and beach bums – no one can ever return from Dubai disappointed!
1. Explore the many places to visit in Dubai
From the towering Burj Khalifa, the brilliantly colourful Dubai Fountain, the iconically designed artificial island of Palm Jumeirah, the enormous and opulent Dubai Mall, to the architectural wonder Jumeirah Mosque, there are scores of places to visit in Dubai waiting to be discovered.
2. Go on a scintillating Desert Safari
Indulge in an adrenaline pumping adventure on the Middle-Eastern desert with activities like dune bashing, quad biking, camel riding, sand boarding, and more. End your fun packed day with a delectable dinner on the desert with smashing Arabian performances like Belly Dancing, Fire Show, and Tanura Dance.
3. Laze around on the Jumeirah Beach
Go swimming in or take an invigorating stroll on the golden sands of the Jumeirah Beach in the backdrop of the world-renowned and ultra luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel.
4. Shop till you drop
Dubai is home to the most delightful shopping avenues in the world with luxe malls and traditional souks. Buy upscale merchandise from grand shopping malls or grab sparkling gold jewelry, spices, handicrafts, dates, and more from souks in Bur and Deira.
5. Tame the skies with a hot air balloon ride
You think riding magic carpets on the deserts of Arabia is something that only exists in fairytales? Well, Dubai brings it to you for real! Go offbeat on your Dubai vacation with a magical hot air balloon ride over the velvety deserts of the Middle East.
6. Interact with underwater beings
Witness the vivid marine life at the delightful Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, or take a swim right with them at Lost Wonders in Atlantis hotel for a far more exciting experience.
7. Play in the snow…yes, you read that right!
If the heat starts to get on your nerves, you can head to Ski Dubai & Snow Park, an indoor ski park located in the Mall of the Emirates. Engage in snowball fights, go skiing, zorbing & snowboarding on the indoor mountains, play around the giant snowballs, and explore the ice caves while you’re here.
8. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet on Dhow Cruise
Sail across Dubai Creek on the traditional Dhow Cruise and witness the glittering skyline of the metropolitan while gorging on a delicious dinner buffet on the open-air decks. Complete with sensational performances, lavish cuisines, and stunning views, the Dhow Cruise is an amazing part of Dubai tourism that all visitors must experience.
Where To Stay In Dubai:
With top-class hotels ranging from 3, 4 to 5 star ratings, you’ll never have a dearth of accommodation options when you’re in Dubai.
Admiral Plaza Hotel | 3 star
Offering easy accessibility to important locations and shopping areas, Admiral Plaza Hotel is an elegant estate with the most comfortable rooms and excellent facilities for guests. Some of these modern amenities include gym, pool, baby sitting, coffee-shop, non-smoking rooms, business centre with conference rooms, banquet halls, spa & sauna, steam bath and doctor-on-call.
Location: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road, Al Nahda St, Bur Dubai
Room Tariff: INR 2,756/- to INR 8,718/-
Website | TripAdvisor Reviews
Fortune Grand Hotel | 4 star
Catering to both business and leisure travelers, Fortune Grand is known around the world for its gratifying hospitality, comfy rooms, and a warm ambience. Other than upmarket facilities and luxe rooms, the hotel also has various in-house restaurants serving the most scrumptious cuisines from around the world. Guests can also access awesome services like gym, beauty salon, nightclub, sauna, business centre, and banquet halls.
Location: Omar Bin Al Khattab Rd 153, Al Muteena, Dubai 98661
Room Tariff: INR 2,115/- to INR 11,795/-
Website | TripAdvisor Reviews
Palm Atlantis Hotel | 5 star
Dubai’s crown jewel, the Palm Atlantis Hotel, is the downright majestic 5 star hotel-cum-interactive aquarium-cum-theme park located right in the centre of the crescent of The Palm in Dubai. You may, in fact, remember this hotel from the Bollywood flick Happy New Year where it was featured prominently. Sprawled across an enormous area of 46 hectares, the hotel boasts of an incredible interactive aquarium, amusement park, numerous unique restaurants, bars, lounges, bakery, fitness centre, sauna service, spa, tennis court, helipad, business centre, and banquet halls. The rooms are elegant and tastefully decorated with beautiful aquariums in many, apart from top facilities. The hotel is at a comfortable distance from many attractions like the Jumeirah Beach.
Location: Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
Room Tariff: INR 21,474/- to INR 59,295/-
Website | TripAdvisor Reviews
Your dream holiday in Dubai has just turned all the more exciting and irresistible. Why still wait? Make the most of this Dubai visa on arrival policy for Indians for a magical escape to the Middle East.