• For Indians, any time of the year is a good time to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Reachable from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport in under 4 hours, or from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in just over this time, the UAE is accessible by air from most major Indian cities in an average of 4 hours.

    • Dubai, a hop-over destination

      Indians keep visiting this booming, safe and secure Gulf country to enjoy its shopping, recreation and adventure potential, and to meet up with family and friends, who oblige them with whirlwind tours through this mini paradise. For Indians, the UAE, and in particular Dubai, has become their home away from home, a hop-over destination for extended weekends and national holidays.

      The region’s wide range of attractions cater to the tastes of all varieties of holiday-makers. From the skyscrapers lining Sheikh Zayed Road, the world-class mega malls and multi-million-dollar offshore developments, to the Old World souks, beaches and adrenaline-charged desert safaris, Dubai has it all.

      Dubai is also a popular transit destination for travellers, owing to its geographically central location between Asia and Europe. Over the last decade, the UAE has seen a tremendous growth in the number of travellers from India. Even the hot summer months of July and August when outside is blazing hot, the cool air-conditioned malls in the UAE are flush with tourists, who come to partake in the Summer Surprises shopping bonanza.

    • Dubai Visa Processing Centres in 12 Indian cities

      Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC), VFS Global’s exclusive facility for Emirates Airline and the Government of Dubai for processing UAE visas, launched in October 2002, plays a great role in facilitating the visa of Indians travelling to the country.

      The Dubai Visa Processing Centres are present in 12 major cities in India, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Jaipur and Lucknow, offering unmatched services. They also ensure faster turnaround times, making the Dubai visa application process of Indian holiday makers seamless and hassle-free.

    • DVPC mobile app to book your visa on-the-go

      Empowering customers with newer modes of visa application, VFS Global’s DVPC mobile app is now available on iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded free from Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store. The DVPC app helps Emirates Airline passengers to complete the entire UAE visa application process while on-the-go. Using the app, you can apply for the 30-day tourist visa, 96-hour transit visa or 90-day visit visa, based on your Emirates Airline itinerary.

      The user-friendly transactional app involves a one-time profile creation for yourself and your family members; you can use it for uploading data and documents, making payments and receiving the service online.

      DVPC also offers online visa application service in over 180 countries through www.emirates.com. Its value-added services such as Express Visas (where visas are turned around on priority for urgent applications) and door-to-door services (application pick- up from home or office) have also redefined the visa processing services for the UAE. For more information, please visit www.dubaivisa.net.