Residents in Dubai now have 15 smart Amer Centres to choose from, to complete their visa and residency transactions, all under a single roof.
According to General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, about 44,100 transactions were completed at the 15 centres that opened last year.
Nearly 50 Amer Centres are likely to replace the 600 typing centres in the emirate in the long run.
Starting 1st November 2017, typing centres in the UAE stopped processing visa-related services due to repeated instances of missing documents and filing of wrong information.
As the GDRFA unveiled a report to highlight its achievements in 2017, it said that Amer centres are likely to increase efficiency, and finish nearly 6000 transactions per day. It processes UAE visa applications and directs them to the GDRFA electronically, thereby enabling residents to complete visa transactions, without having to visit the GDRFA headquarters or its external branches.
As per the GDRFA-Dubai report, the arrival of traveller numbers into Dubai through land, sea and airports, touched 52.95 million. This marks a 6.6 percent growth in number of travellers recorded in 2016.
The Director General of GDRFA, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, mentioned that GDRFA is committed to providing the highest standards of safety and quality at our airports, in response to the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai International Airport, a gate of peace for people from various countries.
The authority has carried out 18.63 million residency-related transactions in the year 2017, ranging from entry allowances to issuing residence visas and UAE passports. The number of visas issued and renewed documents touched 3.88million, while about 15 million entry permits were issued last year.