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Old 30th June 2020, 04:02 AM
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Hi,

I own a RAK free zone company & have my resident visa through this company (RAK visa), but we reside in Dubai. My wife is under my visa, and she is employed in Dubai (with a labor card).

To avoid any NOC issues/hassles, we chose to be under my visa instead of my wife being on employer visa & then sponsoring me (which of course would save us $$, and this option is always available). Also, friends suggested to avoid employer visa due to employers putting a ban, etc.

In general, people prefer to have a Dubai resident visa over RAK (mostly convenience, but I am fine visiting RAK once every 3 years), but now due to Covid I am seeing different sets of rules & procedures for Dubai visa holders VS rest, and not sure if Dubai would implement this as a new norm.

Our RAK visa will be up for renewal next month, and I would like to know your thoughts on having Dubai VS RAK visa (assuming cost is not the primary reason).


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Hi,
As all visas are automatically extended to 31st December 2020 - why not wait until nearer the time to either renew your RAK visa or change to a Dubai free zone company?
Things might have settled down a bit by the end of the year and make it easier for you to make a better informed decision.
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Hi,
As all visas are automatically extended to 31st December 2020 - why not wait until nearer the time to either renew your RAK visa or change to a Dubai free zone company?
Things might have settled down a bit by the end of the year and make it easier for you to make a better informed decision.
Cheers
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- There isn't absolute clarity if this auto visa extension (Dec-31-2020) will be subject to any fee/penalty
- I travel frequently, would prefer to always have a valid visa (hopefully travel opens soon)
- Dubai Free Zone company is not an option due to cost (multiple times more than RAK Free Zone)

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- There isn't absolute clarity if this auto visa extension (Dec-31-2020) will be subject to any fee/penalty
- I travel frequently, would prefer to always have a valid visa (hopefully travel opens soon)
- Dubai Free Zone company is not an option due to cost (multiple times more than RAK Free Zone)
Hi,
There is extremely unlikely to be any penalties associated with the visa extension to the end of the year (but never say never!)
Did you see the latest news posted last night - no holiday travel allowed from UAE to overseas - only travel for certain very specific reasons will be allowed - with documentary evidence required!

https://gulfnews.com/travel/uae-perm....1593625842742

I thought that there were also some lower cost Dubai or even Abu Dhabi freezone options available - TwoFour54 in Abu Dhabi is very reasonable, for instance.
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Hi,
There is extremely unlikely to be any penalties associated with the visa extension to the end of the year (but never say never!)
Did you see the latest news posted last night - no holiday travel allowed from UAE to overseas - only travel for certain very specific reasons will be allowed - with documentary evidence required!

https://gulfnews.com/travel/uae-perm....1593625842742

I thought that there were also some lower cost Dubai or even Abu Dhabi freezone options available - TwoFour54 in Abu Dhabi is very reasonable, for instance.
Cheers
Steve
Hey Steve,

With opening a new company the biggest challenge is opening a new business bank account. Even if you do get the bank account open, there is no guarantee how long before compliance shuts it. The problem is that with so many bank jobs made redundant, the left over staff wants to "create" work to justify their role. When you leave creativity to idiots, there is no limit (something I learn daily in UAE & rest of the world).

I still have few weeks before renewal, lets see what new updates come from both (Federal & Dubai) authorities.

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