The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs of Dubai (GDRFA) revealed the number of visas issued in 2014. “Statistics show there has been a 10 per cent increase in the number of visas issued,” Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of GDRFA-Dubai, said.
“This year, a total of 12.77 million visas were issued, of which 5.14 million were tourist visas and 456,708 visas were issued on arrival.”
Maj Gen Al Merri said the GDRFA dealt with a total of 61.40 million transactions in 2014, an increase of 7 per cent compared with 2013.
There has been a 7 per cent rise in the number of people travelling through all Dubai ports. “A total of 43.48 million passengers travelled through the entry and exit points in Dubai. The numbers show a seven per cent increase when compared to the 40.53 million passengers that travelled to and from Dubai in 2013.”
The numbers are expected to further increase next year, Maj Gen Al Merri added.