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Issuance and renewal of visas for residents under the sponsorship of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Trade Zone will soon be linked to registration for Emirates ID cards, the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) yesterday announced in a statement. The link will be facilitated by the preventive medicine department which was recently opened in Knowledge Village.
Dubai has seen a 79 per cent increase in the number of GCC visitors from June 15 to July 2 this year compared to the same period in 2010, according to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai. The figure reflects tourists’ growing preference of Dubai over other destinations during summer.
A group of Indian businessmen has called on residency authorities to ease restrictions on people living, working and visiting the country which would help in boosting economic activities. The businessmen also urged the authorities to reconsider the decision to reduce the period of renewal of residency permits from three to two years.
Ameen Abdullah Al Mudarab has been a regular visitor to the residency department in Dubai since 1976. The public relations officer finds it hard to describe how the department has been transformed over the years, constantly improving its services every time he went back representing the various companies he has worked with.
Dubai is bracing itself for a significant increase in the number of passengers and tourists by enhancing the capabilities of 25 external centres operating under the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of (GDRFA) said there were indications that the number of visas and applications to be processed by the department would increase drastically in the coming months and GDRFA was ready for it.