Dubai offers first multiple-entry, 90-day visas to soccer fans – News | Tech Rasta

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The GDRFA says it expects to receive and process a large number of applications



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Published: Tuesday 1 Nov 2022, 11:01 PM

Last updated: Tuesday 1 Nov 2022, 11:32 PM

Dubai’s Directorate General of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) has issued the first special 90-day tourist visa for a football fan.

Jordanian Mohammed Jalal has become the first recipient of a visa that is issued to fans attending the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Holders of the ‘Hayya’ card – a personalized document required by people to attend any World Cup matches – can apply for a Dh100 visa, which gives them multiple entries into the UAE throughout the tournament.

The GDRFA said it expects to receive and process a large number of visa applications that allow holders to stay in the UAE for 90 days, with the option to return it for the same period.

Lieutenant General Mohamed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of GDRFA, said Qatar is expected to receive 1.4 million visitors during the World Cup.

Dubai is ready for visitors to base here and travel to Qatar for matches. The tournament is being played at a time when the emirate has the most pleasant weather, he added.

Football fans can even stay in Dubai and be part of its New Year’s Eve celebrations, the senior official said.

Dubai rolls out a red carpet to welcome football fans. According to AP, some soccer fan clubs have already said they will be traveling to Qatar during the cup on 45-minute flights from Dubai.

The Dubai Sports Council has estimated hundreds of thousands of fans could arrive in the city. Special fan zones have been set up across the city, with hotels offering attractive packages that include accommodation, transport and flights.

Budget airline flydubai will operate at least 30 daily return flights to Doha.

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