FIFA World Cup 2022 Windfall: The United Arab Emirates Welcomes Football Fans With Multiple-Entry Visas

For fans traveling to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the United Arab Emirates has established a multiple-entry tourist visa.  The “Hayya” card, a personalized document required by anyone to watch any world cup matches from November 20 to December 18, will be granted to holders of the visa.

The United Arab Emirates will welcome World Cup supporters with a special visa, enabling them to visit the country multiple times over 90 days.

The United Arab Emirates Multiple-Entry Visas

The visa price has been decreased to a one-time fee of Dh100, according to the Federal Authority For Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP). Additional 90 days may be added with standard rates being charged.

The United Arab Emirates Multiple-Entry Visas

Holders of “Hayya” cards can visit the United Arab Emirates by requesting a visa beginning November 1. The aforementioned requirements do not apply to citizens of countries with visa-exempt travel because they are already permitted to enter and remain in the United Arab Emirates under current regulations.

How To Apply?

Beginning from November 1st, applications will be accepted. The visa will cost AED 100 and will be valid for 90 days, with the option of an additional 90 days’ validity.

You can follow the following steps to apply for the multiple – entry Visa:

➤ Firstly, Hayya cardholders must visit the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security’s website (ICP).

➤ Customers must select “Public Services” after selecting the “Smart Channels” link.

➤ You can complete the application form by scrolling down to “Hayya Card Holders” on this website.

The option for “Hayya Card Holders” is not visible on the website. When the application procedure begins on November 1, it will most likely be visible.

Boost Tourism Industry

With a population of 2.8 million, Qatar is hosting the largest event in its history and anticipates 1.2 million tourists for the World Cup, which runs from November 20 to December.

Fans can remain outside Qatar and travel for day visits to watch games thanks to the more than 160 shuttle flights that airlines Saudia, Kuwait Airways, Flydubai, and Oman Air will operate each day.

Last week, Saudi Arabia announced multiple-entry visas for owners of Hayya Cards as part of efforts to reduce its reliance on oil. Saudi Arabia is expanding its tourism industry.

For World Cup supporters, the United Arab Emirates offers accommodation and travel packages, including at a football-themed hotel that will open on the opulent Palm resort, an artificial island shaped like a palm tree.

The United Arab Emirates Multiple-Entry Visas
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There are also plans for fan zones to watch the games in Dubai, where alcohol is more commonly available than in Qatar.

Less than two years after a terrible dispute that tore the Gulf region apart and cut off Qatar from its neighbors, the World Cup is looking to be a bonanza for the Gulf countries.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt severed ties with Doha after accusing it of having ties to Iran and funding terrorist organizations, both of which Qatar rejected.

Only in January 2021 was the three-and-a-half-year diplomatic, trade, and transportation blockade lifted.

Some fans want to remain in the host nation, but others have traveled to and stayed in nearby nations and places, like Dubai, which is just one hour’s flight away. This explains the over 20% rise in hotel and homestay demand in the United Arab Emirates.

Other Visas The United Arab Emirates offers.

The United Arab Emirates recently announced the availability of a plethora of new visas that would offer residents and visitors several benefits in addition to this World Cup-specific visa.

The United Arab Emirates will presumably become more inviting for foreign investors and high-net-worth individuals wishing to establish a long-term presence there with the implementation of this new system.

Top 5 Places To Stay

The United Arab Emirates Multiple-Entry Visas
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🏨  Raffles Dubai

It is a pyramid-shaped accommodation with an interior design in Arabesque fashion. The main feature of this location in Dubai is that the airport is only 8 minutes away, which will surely come in handy during the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

🏨  ibis Styles Dubai Jumeira

When visiting the UAE, travelers on a budget can stay at the ibis Styles Dubai Jumeira and discover Dubai and Doha. You can easily travel because it takes 14 minutes to get there from the airport.

🏨  Jebel Ali, the Resort

Due to three hotels on one property, this resort hotel cluster in Dubai is the largest. Although it is 41 minutes from the airport, it is excellent for families.

🏨  W Dubai The Palm

This hotel is perfect for people who want to live near the coast because it offers an adult playground called Escape and a pool on the WET Deck that hosts weekly parties all winter long. The hotel is also 38 minutes from the airport.

🏨  Address Downtown

You will enjoy a stunning view of The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa while staying at this luxury hotel in the center of Downtown Dubai. Due to the hotel’s nine restaurants, infinity pool, and stunning views of Dubai’s skyline, a stay here will allow you to experience the city’s heart.

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