I am travelling to India from the US via Dubai on an Emirates flight. I have a seven-hour layover in Dubai. I have a brother who lives in Dubai.

Will it be possible for me to meet him in the airport lobby or some common place at the airport? Or do I need a visa? I am an Indian citizen.


I was in the same situation couple of months ago. You will need a UAE visa because of the immigration holding transit area is out of bounds for people who are not travelling.

On the bright side, applying for a 96-hour UAE transit visa is easy and quick from Emirates Airlines' Manage Booking portal if you are travelling with them. You don't even need to submit your passport for the visa if you are travelling with Emirates. I received a PDF bar-code visa in less than a day after applying.

If you are not travelling with Emirates, you should try the traditional way of applying for a UAE visa.


You cannot exit the airport and your brother won't be able to pass the security check and meet you. You will need a visa to enter UAE.

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    This is a very low quality answer and needs proof, like links to and quotes from an official website. Unless done soon it will be deleted for lack on quality. – Willeke Jan 15 '17 at 9:54
  • The answer may be low quality, but it is factually correct. – Burhan Khalid Aug 8 '17 at 4:56

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