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UK will start accepting UAE Vaccine

Travellers who have taken a United Kingdom (UK)-Approved vaccine from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can visit without mandatory quarantine, According to the secretary of State for Transport Grants shapps.

From 4 October, travellers who’ve been vaccinated in Dubai and the other Emirates can enter the United Kingdom without having to quarantine or test before departure.

They will be subject to the same rules as those vaccinated in the UK, US and EU, and must simply take one PCR test within two days of arrival.

The world largest mall

The Dubai Mall is an attraction that doesn’t limit itself to shopping experience exclusively. There are commendable reasons why locals and visitors both love to spend time inside this colossal Dubai shopping complex. Here’s why Dubai Mall should be a part of your Dubai travel plan.

The location, the view, the extravagance!

Dubai Mall is an attraction that you will probably never miss visiting on a Dubai holiday. One of the main reasons is that the mall is strategically located at Dubai Downtown flanked by charismatic Dubai Fountain and the iconic symbol of modern Dubai – Burj Khalifa. Every Dubai holiday plan by default includes a visit to the tallest building in the world and being in the vicinity, you will be tempted to get a glimpse inside one of the most extravagant malls in the world. The evening experience at Dubai Downtown and the illuminated view of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain from this mall is worthwhile as it leaves a lasting impact even after the trip is complete.
The Dubai Mall Marvelous Interior;

The Dubai Mall is huge! It wouldn’t be a surprise if you find yourself baffled by its sheer splendor.  The interiors in the mall will make you marvel at the artistic creativity used to enhance the beauty of the mall. At a certain point, you may even get lost while exploring this expansive mall. The main highlight of Dubai Mall is the incredible ‘Human Waterfall’ that cascades from Level 4 to the ground level. The mall is accentuated by many permanent creative elements like Marc Quinn’s iconic Orchid sculpture that are a delight to view. The mall invites artists from around the world to showcase their talent and entertain the crowds from time to time.
Shopping of course;

The Dubai Mall is the place you have to visit for an incredible shopping experience. It is one of the most comprehensive malls in the Emirate. It is also tagged as the world’s largest mall by land area. So, one can fathom how many retail outlets this impressive mall comprises. There is a little over 1200 retail stores that showcase a plethora of merchandises and luxury brands from around the world. You can shop for electronics, perfumes, fashion accessories, apparels, jewelries, home furnishing, kids toys and collectibles. The Fashion Avenue is an exclusive chic arena devoted to around 70 signature stores, curating the best-assorted merchandises from world-leading stores such as Galleries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s. The mall is a delight for shopaholics during Dubai Shopping Festival as a majority of retail shops offer slashed prices and irresistible discounts.  Dubai Mall is the ultimate ‘shop-till-you-drop’ attraction in the UAE.
Scrumptious food scene;

Check out the eclectic food scene here. This fascinating mall has around 200 dining options in the form of an assortment of restaurants, cafes and waterfront dining outlets. The gastronomy comprises American cuisine, European and Mediterranean delights, Indian dishes, Asian specialties and the Middle Eastern cuisine. Whether you are craving for a quick bite, a freshly brewed Arabian coffee or a sumptuous brunch or dinner, you will relish a memorable culinary experience at Dubai Mall.
A Fun Experience for Kids;

Apart from shopping outlets, this mall is home to some wonderful recreational experiences for families. The mall offers a plethora of activities that children can enjoy when they get bored tagging along with grownups to shops and outlets. Kids can have a great time at KidZania – a mini-city designed especially for children. Here they can step into the shoes of a grown-up, take part in real-life jobs as role-plays and earn play money. It is a great place for kids to have fun along with some education on how the real world works.  Dubai Mall also has an Olympic sized skating field – Dubai Ice Rink, ideal for both kids and grownups to hone their skating skills. There is also Trampo Extreme, Carousal Kids Play area and Ekart Zabeel go-karting experience to keep children entertained at Dubai Mall.
A Surreal Virtual Experience;

Step away from reality and escape into the virtual realm at VR Park. Situated at Level 2 in Dubai Mall, VR Park is the first-of-its-kind park to open in the Middle East. There are around 18 virtually simulated and augmented reality games and experiences that you can play solo or enjoy multi-player experience along with friends and family.  The experiences offered in a virtual reality vary in themes such as horror, leisure and thriller. Kids can also join in on simple gaming experiences along with grownups and enjoy some fun time in a virtual world.
Impressive Aquatic Experience;

Watch thousands of exotic marine creatures swim nonchalantly at one of the most breathtaking aquariums in the world. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is cocooned within Dubai Mall and is one of the most popular things to see in Dubai. Teeming with sharks, rays, turtles and vibrant fishes, you can get a glimpse into the magical ocean realm. If you are up for it, you can also gear up for snorkelling and scuba diving sessions. Dubai Mall is one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy an indoor scuba diving session.
Conclusion

So, these were some of the top reasons to visit dubai mall. Out of over 65 shopping malls in Dubai, Dubai Mall hands down beats each one of them when it comes to a comprehensive shopping and extravagant recreational experience. This mall is a destination in itself and comprises activities and attractions that offer you a blissful retail therapy and a complete entertainment experience. Inside the Dubai Mall, it is assured that there won’t be a single dull moment to encounter. There are so many things to see and do that time flies by and you might end up spending an entire day at this Dubai attraction.

Free Bus from limited location

HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer confirmed RTA’s readiness to provide a unique, smooth and express transit service for Expo2020 visitors from various locations in Dubai and across the UAE through the deployment of 203 buses.

Additionally, two routes will be launched to transport Expo visitors from hotels directly to the site of Expo. The RTA will also deploy buses to drop visitors from the parking area to the gates in addition to another bus service to ferry riders between Expo gates.

Buses will run 1,956 direct daily trips from Saturday to Wednesday andthe number of trips will rise to 2,203 direct trips on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will vary from three to 60 minutes.

A total of 77 buses are allocated for this service to run 193 trips per day on all days of the week, and the number of trips will rise to 213 trips per day on Thursday and Friday.

The nine bus stations for visitors are:


  • The first station is Palm Jumeirah, where six buses are allocated to run 54 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 57 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 15 minutes.

  • The second station is Al Baraha, where seven buses are allocated to run 62 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 68 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 30 minutes.

  • The third station is Al Ghubaiba, a station characterised by integrated various mass transit modes spanning the metro, public buses, marine transport, and taxis. A total of 12 buses are allocated to run 74 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 76 daily trips in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 15 minutes.

  • The fourth station is Etisalat, adjacent to Etisalat Metro Station on the Green Line. As many as eight buses are allocated to run 70 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 72 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday.

  • The fifth station is the Global Village where three buses are allocated to run 10 trips daily on all weekdays. The service frequency will be 60 minutes.

  • The sixth and seventh stations are the International City and the Dubai Silicon Oasis Station. Eight buses are allocated to both stations to run 78 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 82 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 15 minutes.

  • The eighth station is the Dubai Mall where five buses are allocated to run 55 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 59 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 30 minutes.

  • The ninth station is the Dubai International Airport, where eight buses are allocated to run 52 trips per day in both directions, seven days a week. The service frequency will be 20 minutes.


These buses feature high safety and luxury standards, and comfortable seats.

saudi arabian airline

Kingdom moves to relax coronavirus restrictions, including allowing fully vaccinated residents to return from red-list countries;


Saudi Arabia will lift travel restrictions on the UAE, South Africa and Argentina on 8th September Wednesday morning, the kingdom's Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday.

From 11am on Wednesday morning, Saudi Arabia will allow people to travel to the three nations that have been on its red list.

The Ministry of Interior said the decision was based on the kingdom's evaluation of the Covid-19 situation, state media reported.

The change comes as part of a relaxation in coronavirus measures in the kingdom, including allowing vaccinated residents to return to Saudi Arabia, even from red list countries.

traveling to UAE

The list was updated to add Bhutan, Comoros, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Maldives, Monaco, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

Passengers travelling from countries on the green list must take a PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine and also take a PCR test on day six.

1. Albania
2. Armenia
3. Australia
4. Austria
5. Bahrain
6. Belgium
7. Bhutan
8. Brunei
9. Bulgaria
10. Canada
11. China
12. Comoros
13. Croatia
14. Cyprus
15. Czech Republic
16. Denmark
17. Finland
18. Germany
19. Greece
20. Hong Kong
21. Hungary
22. Italy
23. Japan
24. Jordan
25. Kuwait
26. Kyrgyzstan
27. Luxembourg
28. Maldives
29. Malta
30. Mauritius
31. Moldova
32. Monaco
33. Netherlands
34. New Zealand
35. Norway
36. Oman
37. Poland
38. Portugal
39. Qatar
40. Republic of Ireland
41. Romania
42. San Marino
43. Saudi Arabia
44. Serbia
45. Seychelles
46. Singapore
47. Slovakia
48. Slovenia
49. South Korea
50. Sweden
51. Switzerland
52. Taiwan
53. Tajikistan
54. Turkmenistan
55. Ukraine



 

visit visa can now enter sharjah

UAE authorities on Saturday announced that the country will resume issuing tourist visas from August 30.

Here's everything you need to know before you arrive in the UAE:

  • Passengers arriving on tourist visas must take a mandatory rapid PCR test at the airport on arrival.

  • Travellers wishing to receive the benefits provided to those vaccinated in the UAE can register their vaccination via the ICA platform or Al Hosn application.

  • All previous rules for those unvaccinated, including exempted categories, remain in place.

  • Tourists will need to be vaccinated with one of the WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccines.

  • Tourist visas are also open for passengers from where travel was previously restricted.

  • Application for tourist visas will be open to people from all countries starting August 30.

Green list countries



Green list countries







You won’t need to quarantine if you’re travelling on a direct flight to United Arab Emirates from any of the countries below.



























































  • Albania




  • Armenia




  • Austria




  • Australia




  • Bahrain




  • Belgium




  • Brunei




  • Bulgaria




  • Canada




  • China




  • Czech Republic




  • Germany




  • Hong Kong, China




  • Hungary




  • Jordan




  • Kuwait




  • Malta




  • Mauritius




  • Moldova




  • Netherlands




  • New Zealand




  • Poland




  • Republic of Ireland




  • Romania




  • Saudi Arabia




  • Serbia




  • Seychelles




  • Singapore




  • South Korea




  • Sweden




  • Switzerland




  • Taiwan, China




  • Ukraine










Travel corridors







If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be required to quarantine when you travel between the UAE and the following destinations:











  • Bahrain




  • Greece




  • Serbia




  • Seychelles




Countries eligible for visa on arrival in UAE

UAE announced visa on arrival for some countries, The visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi.


Etihad Airways said passengers landing at Abu Dhabi airport can head straight to the immigration counter to receive visas when they arrive from these 70 countries (see list below).

For tourists landing in the UAE capital, the visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi.

In addition, if the traveler is already in the UAE and his resident visa has been cancelled or his tourist visa has expired, he can apply for a Long Term Tourist Visa Single Entry.

“You can apply for the tourist visa whilst you are in the UAE to avoid any fines or legal implications. Once your visa is approved, you will need to complete the status change application at Etihad Airways Headquarters in Abu Dhabi,” said the Abu Dhabi-based carrier.


Etihad said those Indian citizens who have a US visitor visa or Green Card or holding the UK or European residency with a validity of six months are eligible for a visa on arrival in the UAE.

They will get a visa which will be valid for a maximum stay of 14 days and costs Dh100. The visa is extendable for another 14 days once only by paying the renewal fee of Dh250.

Travellers from the following countries will receive a visa on arrival in Abu Dhabi:

• Andorra

• Argentina

• Australia

• Austria

• Bahamas

• Barbados

• Belgium

• Brazil

• Brunei

• Bulgaria

• Canada

• Chile

• Colombia

• Costa Rica

• Croatia

• Cyprus

• Czech Republic

• Denmark

• Estonia

• Finland

• France

• Germany

• Greece

• Honduras

• Hong Kong (SAR of China)


• Hungary

• Iceland

• Ireland

• Italy

• Japan

• Kazakhstan

• Latvia

• Liechtenstein

• Lithuania

• Luxembourg

• Malaysia

• Maldives

• Malta

• Mexico

• Monaco

• Montenegro

• Nauru

• Netherlands

• New Zealand

• Norway

• People’s Republic of China


• Peru

• Poland

• Republic of Mauritius

• Republic of El Salvador

• Portugal

• Romania

• Russian

• Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

• San Marino

• Serbia

• Seychelles

• Singapore

• Slovakia

• Slovenia

• Solomon

• South Korea

• Spain

• Sweden

• Switzerland

• The Vatican

• Ukraine

• United Kingdom

• United States of America


• Uruguay

dubai residency visas have been granted automatic renewal

UAE residents whose visas had expired have been granted the automatic visa renewal.


An Amer center call employee in Dubai told Khaleej Times that those stranded abroad with expired visas have been granted automatic renewal on their expired residency visas until December 9, including the one-month grace period.

"However, before travelling into the UAE, they need to apply for a pre-travel GDRFA approval and adhere to all other RT-PCR testing protocols set by the government," the call center agent explained.

Travel agents who have been trying to get pre-travel approvals for residents stranded in India and Pakistan, for example, have also confirmed that their clients have been granted an automatic visa extension.

The agents have reiterated that the automatic extension has only been awarded to Dubai residency visa holders. The status of residents in other emirates is not immediately clear.

Residents who've stayed outside the UAE for over six months can also return.

Afi Ahmed, the managing director of Smart Travels, explained: "In the case of expired visas, what we are noticing is that our clients, whose visas expired after June, July, and are holders of active visas are the only ones who are receiving the automatic three-month-long extension. Several passengers whose visas expired during the months of May to early June, for example, are yet to receive the exemptions."

He added, "Even those who have stayed outside of the UAE for over 180 days and have received Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA) or GDRFA approvals can return. Airlines are accepting these categories of passengers. However, it is important to note that these exemptions are only in place for Dubai residency visa holders."

Rashid Abbas, the managing director of Arooha Travels, said, "We noticed that the system was updated early Wednesday morning. Our agency has been working with some cases where the visas of parents were valid, but their baby daughter's visa had expired on July 22."

"While applying for the pre-travel GDRFA this morning, we noticed that her visa expiry date had been automatically extended to December 9," he explained.

He added, "Upon checking with the visa validity website, we found that many have been granted an extension. However, some visas continue to show an expired status. We hope the exemption would eventually be granted to all those seeking re-entry into the UAE."

Raheesh Babu, the group chief operating officer of Musafir.com, an online travel agency, explained, "We can confirm that a lot of our clients seeking re-entry have been granted an automatic extension until December 9. However, we are also awaiting clarity on those holding entry permits issued by Dubai. We have a lot of our corporate customers who want to fly in their new employees with entry permits."

Dinesh Ishwardas, an expatriate stranded in India with an expired visa, said, "My visa expired on July 19. When I checked the GDRFA website, I saw that I had received an automatic extension until December 9. I am planning to return to my family in UAE as soon as possible."

credit: Khaleejtimes

UAE open for 11countries

Authorities in the UAE made an announcement on Tuesday that brought relief and joy to expats stranded in six countries from where passenger entry was suspended.

Seven new categories of stranded residents can travel back to the UAE from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda, as on August 5.

Here is all we know so far.

Are only vaccinated residents allowed to travel back to the UAE?

No. Residents fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are just one of the seven new categories added to the exempted list.

According to the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), stranded expats with valid residency visas must have received two doses of vaccine in the UAE. At least 14 days must have passed since receiving the second dose, and they must hold a certificate to this effect.

Are residents vaccinated in their home countries allowed to travel back?

It is not immediately clear whether this is the case. The NCEMA statement clearly mentions that the vaccine doses must have been taken in the UAE.

However, the dedicated web page of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) – from where stranded residents must get an approval to fly back – lists seven vaccines. This list comes under the ‘vaccine information’ tab.

Are unvaccinated residents allowed to travel back?

Residents working in key sectors are among the unvaccinated expats allowed to return. The following categories are allowed to return, irrespective of their vaccination status:

  • Medical personnel working in the UAE: Doctors, nurses and technicians

  •  Teachers at universities, colleges, schools and institutes

  • Students in UAE

  •  Employees of federal and local government authorities

  •  Humanitarian cases, provided they have valid residency

  • Those undergoing treatment in the UAE


What is the procedure for stranded residents to return?

According to the NCEMA, exempted residents must get an approval from the ICA. This approval can be obtained from the ICA website.

They must hold a negative result from a PCR test taken no later than 48 hours from the time of departure. The test must be taken at an accredited lab and the results must have a QR code.