I am an Indian with Kuwaiti residence. If I travel by Emirates with my family (wife + two kids) can I get a stop over in Dubai for 3 days without any difficulty (is it easy to obtain a visa to exit Dubai airport)?


You will need to apply for a visa. You can do this through a hotel or tour operator who works in the UAE, or a family member living there. Kuwait nationals don't need visas but Indians do.

33 Countries get visa on arrival and GCC nationals don't need to apply for a visa prior to arrival. Some GCC residents who are not nationals are also eligible for a 30 day visa on arrival.

GCC Residents who are not GCC nationals but who have a high professional status such as company managers, business people, auditors, accountants, doctors, engineers, pharmacists, or employees working in the public sector, their families, drivers and personal staff sponsored by them, are eligible for a non-renewable 30-day visa upon arrival at the approved ports of entry.

Source: UAE Travel: Tourist: Visa information - UAEinteract

If you don't fall into the quote above category then you will have to apply for a visa prior to arrival at Dubai.


UPDATE - 2015-MAY-01

The UAE no longer allows visa on arrival for GCC residents. You have to get the visa approved in advance. To this, you need to logon to this website and fill in an application.

You'll need to upload copies of your passport and pay the fees online.

The information that @Vagish posted is correct, but outdated.

For your wife and kids, their visa eligibility depends on yours.

The following positions are accepted for visa on arrival. These are the English translations, but in your visa the Arabic equivalent will be written:

  1. Aquatic Specialist
  2. Statistics Specialist
  3. Agricultural specialist (General)
  4. Gardening Specialist
  5. Medical Analysis Specialist
  6. Speech Specialist
  7. Breeding Specialist (Animals/ Birds/ Bees)
  8. Medical X-ray Specialist
  9. Nutrition Specialist
  10. Zoology Specialist
  11. Psychiatrist
  12. Lab Specialist
  13. Sports Medicine Specialist
  14. Sociologist
  15. X-Ray Specialist
  16. Media Specialist
  17. Customs Specialist
  18. Medical Therapy Specialist
  19. Literator
  20. University Professor
  21. Media Person
  22. Secretary or Manager of Library
  23. Employees at the Embassies in the GCC countries (Except Support Services Jobs)
  24. Archeological Researcher
  25. Administrative Researcher
  26. Legal Researcher
  27. Professor
  28. Trader
  29. Geologist (General)
  30. Quantity Enumerator
  31. Referee (sports)
  32. Finance/Economics Expert
  33. Legal Expert
  34. Information Systems Expert
  35. Diplomat (Members of diplomatic corps)
  36. Chairman / Executive Director
  37. President or Director of a University
  38. Chief Justice
  39. Head of Prosecution
  40. President or Director of a Club
  41. Weather expert
  42. Earthquakes expert
  43. Captain of Ship/Cruise/Carrier/Steamship
  44. Businessman
  45. Religious person
  46. Architectural Draftsman
  47. Business lady
  48. Executive Secretary
  49. Journalist
  50. Pharmacist
  51. Jeweler
  52. Army Officer
  53. Police Officer
  54. University student
  55. Physician (All specializations)
  56. Surgeon (All specializations)
  57. Veterinary Doctor
  58. Pilot
  59. Scientist
  60. College Dean
  61. Astronomer
  62. Artist (Actor, Musician, Composer, Poet, Painter, Singer…..etc)
  63. Telecom Technician
  64. Professional Security and Safety Technician
  65. Medical Equipment Technician
  66. Control Equipment Technician
  67. X-ray Technician
  68. Dental Technician (Fixing)
  69. Radio or TV Transmission Technician
  70. Optical Technician
  71. ECG Technician
  72. Horse Breeding Technician
  73. Mining Technician
  74. Microscopic Technician
  75. Geology Technician
  76. Well Drilling Technician
  77. Pharmaceutical Technician
  78. Foodstuff Technician
  79. Ship Maintenance Technician
  80. Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  81. Train Maintenance Technician
  82. Lab Technician
  83. Aviation Technician
  84. Physicist
  85. Judge
  86. Chemist (All Specializations)
  87. Player (All sports items in a sports club)
  88. Author
  89. Computer Programmer
  90. Translator
  91. Accountant / Accounts Verifier / Auditor
  92. Lecturer
  93. Lawyer / Advocate
  94. Economic Analyst
  95. Systems Analyst
  96. Operations Analyst
  97. Director
  98. Customs Clearer
  99. Sports Trainer
  100. Aviation Trainer
  101. General Professional Trainer (Industrial/Agricultural/Commercial)
  102. Teacher / Instructor
  103. Proofreader
  104. Investment Manager
  105. Archeological Director
  106. Research & Studies Director
  107. Insurance Manager
  108. Banking Business Manager
  109. Production Director
  110. Manager or Director of any government departments or companies
  111. Administrative Manager
  112. Broadcasting Manager
  113. Media Manager
  114. Regional Director
  115. Bank Manager
  116. Commercial Manager
  117. Marketing Manager
  118. Television Manager
  119. Executive Manager or Director
  120. Cooperative Society Manager
  121. Accounts Manager
  122. Cinema Director
  123. Company or Factory Manager
  124. Maintenance Manager
  125. Printing and Publishing Manager
  126. Hotel Manager
  127. Finance Manager
  128. Sales Manager
  129. Museum Manager
  130. School Manager
  131. Farm Manager
  132. Theatre Manager
  133. Hospital Manager
  134. Institute Manager
  135. Library Manager
  136. Laboratory Manager
  137. Marine Transport Manager
  138. Land Transport Manager
  139. Air Transport Manager
  140. Tourism Agency Manager
  141. TV or Radio Programs Presenter
  142. Correspondent (Newspaper/Radio/TV)
  143. Food Controller
  144. Aircraft Takeoff Controller
  145. Maritime Controller
  146. Quality Controller
  147. Air Controller
  148. Marine Traffic Controller
  149. Media Controller
  150. Road Controller
  151. Aircraft Landing Controller
  152. Cruise Ship Guide
  153. Tourist Guide
  154. Aviation Guide
  155. Surveyor
  156. Assistant Pharmacist
  157. Assistant Engineer (All specializations)
  158. Consultant (All types)
  159. General Supervisor
  160. Ship Supervisor
  161. Banker
  162. Decoration Designer
  163. TV Cameraman
  164. Cinema Cameraman
  165. Press Photographer
  166. Land Hostess
  167. Air Hostess
  168. Program Producer
  169. Marine Navigator
  170. Air Navigator
  171. Male or Female Nurse
  172. Cinema or Television Producer
  173. Marketing Representative
  174. Sports Representative
  175. Sales Representative
  176. Procurement Representative
  177. Administration Coordinator
  178. Archeological Prospector
  179. Engineer (All specializations)
  180. Career Counselor
  181. Assistant General Manager
  182. Ship Captain
  183. Commercial Broker
  184. Travel or Tourism Agent
  185. Prosecutor
  186. Ministry Undersecretary
  187. Electricity Manager
  188. Assistant Pilot
  189. Flight Technician
  190. Auditor
  191. Manager (All types)
  192. Chairman (All types)
  193. Investor
  194. Partner
  195. Bank Official
  196. Marketing Executive
  197. Sales Executive
  198. Special Needs Teacher
  199. General Specialist
  200. Consultant (All types)
  201. Program Designer

You can get a visa on arrival at the airport; these are available from the same counter where you get your money changed.

On August 1st 2014, the visa fee structure was updated and the current rates are:

  • Entry Visa for GCC Resident: 200 Dhs
  • Entry Visa for GCC Resident Dependants: 150 Dhs

In addition, your (and your dependants’) Kuwait residence must not expire for 6 months and your passport should be valid for 6 months.

  • 1
    The source of the list is a piece of paper that I have from a colleague who works at the passports division, so there is no online reference to it as far as I know. The fees however, can be found on dubai.ae emirates.com and other sites that with visa on arrival info. They are also mentioned in other answers to similar questions. Nov 30 '14 at 7:36
  • @BurhanKhalid so you typed them all out???
    – Mark Mayo
    Dec 11 '14 at 8:50

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