Visiting Dubai for the first time

Jul 21, 14 Visiting Dubai for the first time

My first visit to Dubai was amazing and the memory of it still holds a special place in my heart, but I have to admit that I barely made it there in the first place. Many people plan their trips to Dubai without knowing that they require a tourist visa to be allowed entrance and go through a shock when they discover this piece of information after they had already paid for the whole trip. Fortunately, tourist visas are rarely turned down especially after you paid for accommodation and the flight back. The same thing happened to me, but not because I had no idea about the visa requirement. I was aware of the fact that the UAE demands visas for entrance in their territory, but I also read somewhere that UK citizens will receive a visit visa on arrival that is available for 30 days with the possibility to extend the stay up to 60 days without needing to fill out any Dubai visa application form. I was already living and working in the UK for nine years and I was a holder of British Overseas Citizens Passport, so I did not worry about the visa anymore from that point on during the whole time I was preparing for my trip.

I still cannot believe my mistake. I like to check every detail about my future trips twice to ensure I will have a worries-free wonderful time while on vacation. I believe that checking everything minutely beforehand can save you lots of headaches once overseas, so I usually plan in advance. The slip I made when organizing my first trip to Dubai cost me lots of nerves the week before my departure was scheduled. I was discussing the last details on the phone with the travelling agency, when my agent asked me if I had my visa ready. I was taken aback at his lack of professionalism. If the travelling agency you work for specialises in planning trips to Dubai, why would you not know that UK citizens do not need a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates? However, the things he told me next were even more amazing. Apparently you had to have the right of abode in the UK to be allowed entrance without filling out the Dubai visa application form and having it processed by the UAE authorities.

This piece of news made me very nervous indeed, because there were less than seven days until my flight was scheduled and I risked not being able to go to Dubai at all. I avidly started to search for solutions and was disappointed to learn that some people had to wait for at least 10 days before their visa applications were approved. The happiness I felt in the beginning when I learned that usually tourist visas are easy to obtain fell apart immediately, because I was running out of time. I dreamed so much about visiting this beautiful city that I was set on fighting till the end, so I did not stop searching for a solution to the very end. My resolution paid off because I found a professional company that could obtain visas in less than five days. I immediately contacted them and they were indeed very efficient, they sent my visa after four days and this is how I was able to go to visit Dubai in the end.