Dubai announces first-of-its kind ‘retirement visa’ programme

On Wednesday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched an initiative for retirees from around the world to apply for a retirement visa in Dubai.

Applications can be submitted under the “Retirement in Dubai” program. This is the first of its kind in the region and is a result of cooperation between Dubai Tourism and the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.

Any resident or retiree outside the UAE, over the age of 55, can apply for the retirement visa via

The visa is renewable every five years and there are terms and conditions for obtaining this.

The conditions state that:

  • The retiree must have a monthly income of Dhs 20,000, which he earns from investments or pension
  • Or has a balance of one million dirhams
  • Or has real estate in Dubai of two million dirhams.


Source: Gulf News

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