I’m traveling from US to Dubai, where I’ll be in transit for 8hrs. I want to meet my family and friends living there but I’m planning not to go out from airport since my transit time is not that long enough.

It is possible for my friends and family member to enter airport land meet me?

Mostly in US, general public are allowed inside airport but not beyond security check.

  • 8 hours is a rather long transit time. You'd have plenty of time to leave the airport, assuming you meet the immigration requirements or get a visa if one is required. Dec 10, 2018 at 21:09

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Presuming you have an International->International connection in Dubai, the issue is not so much "security" as it is Immigration - you will be on one side of immigration, and your friends will be on the other side.

It will NOT be possible for your friends to pass through immigration to meet you (at least, not unless they happen to be departing from Dubai on that same day).

It MAY be possible for you to pass through immigration and enter the UAE. Once you've done that you're free to meet with your friends in the airport, or even leave the airport with them (which likely makes more sense than hanging around the airport for several hours!). On your return to the airport you will need to pass through immigration (and security) again so be sure to leave enough time.

Whether this is possible or not will depend on your citizenship, and thus whether or not you need to obtain a visa to visit the UAE. If you require a visa then the above will still be possible, but will obviously require additional planning and cost in order to obtain the visa.

  • Thanks for your answer. Well I know that no one can pass through the security with an intention to only meet someone but not traveling. All I was asking is, can my friends allowed to enter airport beyond the point of exit gates till the point of security/immigration checks?
    – kishoredbn
    Dec 10, 2018 at 22:18
  • @ikis Yes they can
    – Crazydre
    Dec 10, 2018 at 23:35

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