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I am planning to go to Dubai from Doha just to accompany my wife who is coming from Egypt. I will not be leaving Dubai's airport and will basically be coming back with her on the same flight. I wonder if it's possible? Is it advised?

Just to clarify, I am a resident of Qatar and she has a valid visa to enter Qatar.

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    What nationality are you? Do you need a visa to enter the UAE? – jpatokal Jul 30 '14 at 1:53
  • Alright guys, I do need a visa to enter the UAE. But I can get one on arrival. I am not a Qatari citizen, but resident. My question was not whether I needed a visa or not, it was more about whether I could avoid the hassle of going through the not-needed immigration hassle. – Mohammad Jul 30 '14 at 10:11
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Whether or not you intend to leave the airport, you will likely be required to go through immigration in Dubai. According to http://www.emirates.com/english/plan_book/essential_information/visa_passport_information/uae_visas.aspx, citizens of some countries require a visa in order to enter the UAE (Qatar is part of the GCC so citizens of Qatar do not need a visa). However, this may not apply if the layout of the airport is such that you can board your return flight without leaving the international transit lounge. I have not been to the Dubai airport so I am not certain whether this is the case. I would contact your airline to see what their policy says about your trip.

EDIT: According to the map at http://www.dubaiairports.ae/docs/default-source/map/dxb-terminal-2-map.pdf, the only way you could possibly avoid going through passport control is through flydubai transfers.

  • Thanks for your answer. Not sure what to do. Called the airlines office and the guy barely spoke English. After talking with him for more than 10 minutes, he told me that he didn't know. Here's a link to the map of terminal 2(which is used for both inbound and outbound flights). dubaiairports.ae/docs/default-source/map/… – Mohammad Jul 30 '14 at 1:46
  • Would really appreciate your help if you could draw some sort of conclusion from the map. – Mohammad Jul 30 '14 at 1:47
  • Thanks for the link to the map, I hadn't found that. It looks like the only way you could possibly avoid going through passport control is through flydubai transfers. In this case you would not need a UAE visa. – Greg Hewgill Jul 30 '14 at 1:53
  • Citizens of Qatar do not require visas for the UAE, since they're both in the GCC. However, the nationality of the OP is not clear. – jpatokal Jul 30 '14 at 1:53
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    Alright guys, I do need a visa to enter the UAE. But I can get one on arrival. I am not a Qatari citizen, but resident. My question was not whether I needed a visa or not, it was more about whether I could avoid the hassle of going through the not-needed immigration hassle. – Mohammad Jul 30 '14 at 10:07

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