How To Personally Obtain A Dubai Visa Online Within An Hour From Riyadh

UPDATED: 17 June 2019

After seeing the TV commercial about Dubai being dubbed as the “City of Now” in May 2012, I immediately added it to my bucket list. Setting foot on what both contemporary & futuristic city looks like and to stand face to face with the tallest skyscraper in the universe are intangible achievements especially for travel bloggers.

However, it was only this year, 2016, that the trip to the city got crossed off. Leisure travels for a white-collar worker slash parent slash breadwinner is a challenge I must say. Nevertheless, it was worth the wait. My gratitude to Leonel Mark Tuscano and Renante Crisostomo Jr. for facilitating the trip five months ago; it would have not been that easy for me.

Since the trip is my first ever, if you may, international travel, this post has to be shared particularly with first time travelers to Dubai. In this case, first time applicants for Dubai tourist visa.

I know a lot of people in our workplace who experienced difficulties applying for Dubai visa. In fact, majority of them resorted to having it processed by a third party via websites. The thing is, the very website being used by those who are engaged in this kind of activity use the same medium that applicants themselves should or could have directly used. The problem with Google and other search engines is they display too many websites (e.g.,,,,, etc.) that lure first timers in this endeavor. In addition, those websites are the ones displayed as default for any Dubai visa related queries or searches. Though they are legitimate websites, they charge big time, of course, and that is where it becomes impractical. The same goes for travel agencies, airlines, and hotels in Dubai that also require huge sum of refundable security deposit as a prerequisite of this transaction. So I highly encouraged you to do it personally.

Had we let our host smooth the way for our visas, we should have been ripped off with AED 500 (comprising AED 263 for their processing fees and actual fees of AED 237 [in the event that the application is rejected]) plus the dreading albeit refundable security deposit of AED 5,000 — each. The application period is no consolation to this as well.

Thank God we came across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Interior website before accomplishing the application. An applicant for Dubai visa should go straight to General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs’ website (here: to avoid those extra charges from travel agencies, airlines, and hotels; to avail of the guaranteed faster service (1-4 hour processing); and pay only the exact, appropriate charges (AED 237). In my case, as well as to my travel buddies’, I received the visa within an hour after submitting and paying for the application last 13 July 2016.

But before heading to the UAE Ministry of Interior website, please ensure you have with you the travel documents below.

1. A copy of confirmed round-trip ticket and hotel reservation.

2. Color scanned copies of ID picture preferably 4.3 * 5.5 cm in white background, passport’s first page (first-entry visa page‘s and iqama or equivalent if you are an expat) & last page, and another valid ID, respectively.

3. Credit Card.

Also, prior to initiating your visa application, make a note of or see to it that you do the following:

1. Create an account on the UAE Ministry of Interior website,

2. Apply for a visa a week before arrival date.

3. Passport must be valid for a minimum of six months at the time of travel.

4. If you are to stay at your immediate family member or friend’s apartment, ensure to bring with you a copy of his/her invitation letter, passport, and valid residence ID. These may not be required for uploading but would be needed at the airport.

5. There is no guaranty that every application will be approved as each is still subject to UAE Immigration Rules and Regulations. An applicant could be denied on various grounds. One thing is for sure: Chances here are a lot higher than when applying for a US visa.

6. If you you want first-hand information about these concerns, telephone the UAE Embassy in your area. Here in Riyadh, the number to call is 00966-11-4881227.

7. For a step-by-step process on how to fill out the online application form, click here.

8. Arabic translation of an applicant’s complete name, mother’s, and birthplace’s are compulsory fields respectively. But worry not. There is an Arabic translation icon for each of them. You just have to click on it to reveal the accurate Arabic translation.


Last November 2016, one of my colleagues, who was not aware of this, had to use Google Translate for said fields. He came to me when he lost hope of getting each of those Arabic translations correctly done. Google Translate works only for transliteration, which means it is not accurate in cases like this because it only changes the letters from one alphabet or language into the corresponding, similar-sounding characters of another alphabet.

I never dreamt of traveling to another country nor getting to where I am currently based in because of work. All I know now is that when the travel bug bit me, the possibilities of where these wandering feet could take me became almost endless.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:

    Hi there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this post with us so I came to give it a look. I’ve just bookmarked the your blog and will be tweeting this post to my followers! Thanks for the info!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      A million thanks, Amy for the kind words and deeds! You made my day…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    Thanks for the tip on getting a visa to Dubai, Sony. Very helpful and if I do plan a trip there, I will take your advice. It is amazing how many third party organisations out there who are there to help you get a visa to anywhere for a fee. I suppose if we are the kind who are willing to do our research and willing to read the fine print, we are much better off saving and planning more wisely for our travels.

    Congrats on ticking Dubai off your bucket list. I am not surprised since you are a determined and dedicated traveler. I am sure in due time we will hear more about your trip to Dubai and your experience seeing and standing beside the tallest skyscraper. And also, more travels to come for you. Take care, keep traveling, keep taking photos and writing.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Sometimes, nothing feels more satisfying than hearing people say blog posts like this is of help to them. I almost sang “That’s What I’m Here For” by Jason Castro.

      I had to share it considering how challenging it is for first timers to get to the right website and pertinent information. I hope I captured them all here.

      Yeah…I can’t wait to share the posts and never before seen photos from the trip soon. This will be the kick-off for my 2017 blog posts.

      Cheers to more travels, photos and blog posts in 2017!

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      1. Tey says:

        Hello Sony – thanks for this post. I am wondering if the process above is applicable only if you are a GCC resident, or you have the Iqama. Thank you!

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      2. Hi, Trey. The answer is, it is applicable to GCC resident. Thank you for pointing that out.

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      3. However, I made reference to some blog post regarding the same subject that applies to non-GCC residents. This could be a general guide as a result.

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  3. pedrol says:

    very useful post!!! thanks for sharing! PedroL

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Pleasure, Pedrol! Thank you too.

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  4. Expat Panda says:

    This is exactly how I applied for my UAE visa (I am South African). Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Hey! Great and informative post! I have a question: Do I have to apply exactly one week before or can I also apply a few weeks before?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I would still advise a week before. As long as the duration of your visa is not shorter than your anticipated application time.

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  6. Plus, the registration wants the arabic name, but my brother doesn’t have one. Do I have to translate it on google translate or what do they want?

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    1. Don’t worry. The online application has that icon for automatic Arabic translation for each of the required fields. You just have to click on it.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. There was nothing to click on. No translation tool. And how could they possibly translate a foreign name into arabic? That’s really weird

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      2. I have now updated this post to address your concern. Please see note number 8. Hope that’ll help.

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  7. Erika says:

    This is a good have included all the step by step procedure to get Dubai visa online.

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  9. sh6ruti says:

    Thanks for the detailed write up. This helped us a lot when we visited Dubai. Thanks
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    1. I’m so glad to hear that this blog post helped you. You’re most welcome!


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