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How to Apply for a UAE Visit Visa for GCC Residents

UAE Visit Visa for Saudi Iqama Holders

If you’re a Saudi iqama holder and considering a visit to the UAE, obtaining a visit visa earlier is an important step. The process is easy and can be done online. In this article, we will guide you through the requirements and provide step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a UAE visit visa online for GCC residents.

Requirements for Applying for UAE Visit Visa for GCC Residents

  • A valid iqama with a minimum of three months validity.
  • Copy of Passport with a validity of at least three months.
  • Passport size photograph
  • A valid profession that makes you eligible to apply for UAE E-Visa
  • A valid credit or debit card for online payment.

Important: If your Iqama is not valid at the time of arrival in UAE, your entry will be denied. Changing your profession after obtaining the visa will also result in the cancellation of the visa.

Visa Validity

E-Visa issued to GCC residents is valid for 30 days from arrival, and it can be extended for 30 more days.

How to Apply for UAE E-Visa as a Saudi Iqama Holder

You can apply for a UAE E-Visa for GCC Residents through one of the following websites:

  1. GDRFA Dubai
  2. ICP – Federal Authority

Following is a detailed guide on how to apply for a Dubai visit visa for Saudi Iqama holders via the GDRFA website.

uae visit visa for saudi iqama holders
  • Select “Individuals,” then click “Register now” to create a new GDRFAD account if you don’t already have one.
  • Enter a new username of your choice, then your first and last name, date of birth, and email address.
  • You need to enter a verification code received in your email address to activate your account.
  • Once your account is activated, log in to your GDRFAD account.
  • Select the option “New Application,” then “NEW GCC Entry Permit,” and “GCC Residents.”
  • Select “Apply.”

Filling Out the UAE E-Visa Application Form for GCC Residents

Fill in the following information on the online visa application form:

  • Visa details: Select “GCC Residents.”
  • GCC Residency Information: Enter your Saudi Iqama Information, such as the iqama number issue and expiry date.
  • GCC Trip Details: Input your arrival Information, including the date and port of arrival.
  • GCC Sponsor Information: Enter your sponsor’s nationality, name, and address.
  • Passport Details: Provide your passport type, number, and nationality
  • Applicant Details: Enter your information, such as profession, language, marital status, and faith.
  • Contact Details: Enter your mobile number and email address.
  • Address Inside UAE: Provide an address inside UAE, such as a hotel address.
  • Address Outside UAE: Provide your home address.
How to Apply for a UAE Visit Visa for Saudi Iqama Holders

On the following page, upload the following document.

  • Passport size photograph
  • Iqama
  • Passport

Next, pay the fee using your credit or debit card. (Approx: AED 250)

Carefully review your application and submit it.

Once your application is approved, you will receive your E-Visa at your email address.


In summary, obtaining a UAE visit visa as a holder of a Saudi Iqama, with an eligible profession, can be a simple process. It is important to be well prepared by having all the necessary documents on hand and submitting the application online. Once your application is accepted, you will be able to experience all the UAE has to offer, from its picturesque beaches to its top-notch shopping and dining. Thanks for reading!


Mohammed Ameen is the author behind With a decade of experience in Saudi Arabia and a Master's in Business Administration, he shares practical tips and insights on expat life in the Kingdom.
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