The UAE unveiled its first multi-entry five-year tourist visa during the first Cabinet meeting of the year.
On Monday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said the visa would allow tourists multiple entries into the country over five years and it would be available to all nationalities.
It is not clear if there will be a visa application fee and no other details have yet been released.
At present, tourists can visit the UAE with a free multiple entry visa for up to 90 days, from the date of entry.
The move is expected to provide a boost to the tourism industry and make it easier for residents to bring relatives to the country for visits. It aims to establish the UAE as a major global tourism destination and as a part of wider plans to prepare the country for the next 50 years of development.