Travellers Transiting Through Dubai Can Leave The Airport
Visitors transiting through Dubai no longer have to wait in the airport, thanks to new plans to allow them to get out and explore the city.
Under current rules, passengers wait at the airport until the next leg of their journey, but now Dubai Tourism hopes they will get out and about, to see more of the city.
According to Emirates' website, the current visa rules state: "[Leaving the airport] depends on the nationality stated in your passport and on the length of your stop in Dubai. Travellers of most nationalities require visas to enter Dubai, and regulations frequently change, so if you wish to leave the airport while in transit through Dubai, please check your visa requirements with your local UAE embassy before you start your journey. Travellers of certain nationalities may obtain visas at the airport on arrival. Please check the UAE Visas page."
Over a staggering 4.5 million passengers transit through the Dubai International Airport every single month, and that adds up to more than 50 million passengers a year, and it is estimated that 46 million do not leave the airport.
4.5 million passengers transit through the Dubai International Airport every month, reaching more than 50 million a year. Of these, an estimated 46 million do not visit the city.
The new visa rules are yet to be outlined, but following the Cabinet proposal, the Dubai Media Office tweeted, "In Dubai, transit time will become tourism as passengers are encouraged to leave the airport to experience the city."
Even if you're just on the quickest of stopovers, there are heaps of tourist attractions near Dubai Airport to checkout...
Like the Dubai Creek
Stunning Old Dubai
And very new Dubai, including the Burj Khalifa