Dubai confirmed on Monday that it will extend tourist visas for one additional month without any government fees due to temporary airport closures around the world, according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM).
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, issued directives to extend tourist visas for one additional month, without any government fees, due to temporary airport closures and entry restrictions around the world,” WAM’s report read.
“The decision supports tourists and their families currently in the UAE to spend the New Year holidays,” the statement added.
Compared to neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman, the UAE had decided not to impose entry restrictions and ban international flights in the wake of a new strain of coronavirus being detected in the United Kingdom and several other European countries.
To stem the further spread of the coronavirus, Dubai has imposed several news rules ahead of the New Year celebrations such as banning private family and social gatherings of more than 30 people.