Travelling To The United Arab Emirates

Over recent years, entry procedures have been made straightforward in order to encourage visitors to the UAE. Find out the facts below.

Visas for the United Arab Emirates

Citizens of no less than 39 countries (GCC nationals and nationals of other listed countries) do not require visas prior to arrival at UAE airports. Efficient systems are also in place to facilitate visitors not coming from the 39 countries.

The kind of visa you require depends on various different factors. In addition to nationality, other considerations are the purpose and duration of your planned visit. If you are coming to work in the UAE, you’ll need a visa obtained on your behalf by your employer or sponsor.

UAE Immigration Departments:

Abu Dhabi

Saeed bin Tahnoon St.
Abu Dhabi
Tel: 02 4462244

Al Ain

Aditaba Road, near Dubai Islamic Bank (opposite Carrefour supermarket).
Tel: 03 7625555


Department of Naturalization and Residency, Trade Centre Road (near Bur Dubai Police Station)
Tel: 04 3980000


Department for Naturalisation and Residence (near General Post Office)
Tel: 06 5726777

Umm al-Qaiwain

Tel: 06 7666419


Tel: 06 7422255
Ra's as-Khaimah


The national airlines, Etihad Airways ( and Emirates (, serve the UAE’s six international airports at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ra's al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The seventh, Dubai World Central, is under construction and expected to be complete by 2017.

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

(02 5757500, flight enquiries: 02 5757611)
Web address:

Al Ain International Airport (AAN)

(03 785 5555)

Dubai Airport (DXB)

(04 2245555, flight enquiries: 04 2066666)

Sharjah International Airport (SHJ)

(06 5581111, enquiries: 06 5581000)

Ra’s al-Khaimah International Airport (RKT)

(07 2448111)

Fujairah International Airport

(09 2226222)

Average flight times:

London to Abu Dhabi - 6 hours 35 minutes

London to Dubai - around 7 hours

Frankfurt to Dubai - 6 hours

Hong King to Dubai - 8 hours

Los Angeles to Dubai - 19 hours 55 minutes

Toronto to Dubai - 14 hours 10 minutes

Sydney to Dubai - 16 hours 15 minutes

Nairobi to Dubai - 4 hours

Departure tax is not charged at any of the UAE’s airports.

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