Residence Visas in UAE

UAE 10-Year Golden Visa or Long-Term Investor Visa

UAE 5-Year Golden Visa or Property Investor Visa

UAE Company Investor Visa

UAE Retirement Visa





The UAE is a nation consisting of nearly 88% expatriates. One can easily argue that the country is built by the hands of its expat community of over 200 nationalities from all over the world.

If you’re wondering how to be a UAE resident and become part of its promising future, you need to check the various types of residency visas available.

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How Can You Get an Investment Visa in Dubai?

1. Investing in a Property.

You can get the investment visa in Dubai when you invest in a property; here are the rules and conditions that should be met: 

If you will buy a property on your own, its value should be at least AED 1 million and max 50% under mortgage.
In case you bought a property in partnership, then the minimum share of each individual should be AED 1 million
It should be a residential property, not a commercial one
You can’t apply for this visa if you will invest in an off-plan property; it should be a free hold one. 
2. Investing in a Company.

This one is for those who want to open or invest in a business in Dubai’s mainland or its free zones. It’s also known as Dubai’s 3-year investor visa.

You can get the investment visa in Dubai in case you’ll start a company with a minimum capital of AED 72,000 or have a share in a company with the same amount.

For those who have their companies in the free zone areas in Dubai, they don’t need local partners. Not just that, they’re free from taxes and have complete ownership of their business.

However, the process of getting the visa might differ according to various factors like the location of the free zone and the type of the business.

3. Applying for a Retirement Visa.

If you’ve been investing in Dubai and your age is above 55 years old, then you’re eligible for the investment visa in Dubai.

You can get the retirement visa when you invest in a residential property with a minimum value of AED 2 million. 

4. Applying for a Golden Visa.

This category gives the investors a 5 year or 10 year long stay if they meet the conditions. However, as an investor, in order to get a Dubai investment visa there’s a minimum amount of funds you should have to be eligible.

You have to meet any of the below requirements if you’re wondering how to get a 10-year investment visa in Dubai.

You should have funded an investment inside Dubai with minimum amount AED 10 million

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UAE 10-Year Golden Visa or Long-Term Investor Visa

The 10-year Golden Visa in the UAE is a type of investor visa with specific requirements that should be fulfilled by the applicant.

It is considered as a residency visa by investment because the applicant must have public investments of a certain amount in the UAE. Check out the requirements and conditions as stated below.


One of the following requirements for the UAE Golden Visa must be fulfilled:

An investment in the UAE that’s no less than AED 10 M

Being an owner of a company within the UAE whose capital is at least AED 10 M

Partnering in a company in the UAE with a share that’s valued at a minimum of AED 10 M
Investing in all of the above sectors mentioned in previous points with a total amount of AED 10 M at least (given that 60% of the total investments should be in non-real estate sectors).


The investor shouldn’t be loaned the money they invest
The investment must be retained for a duration of 3 years
The investor should have financial assets amounting to AED 10 M
If the investor wishes, business partners can be included in the investment, provided they invest an amount of AED 10 M each.


This visa is valid for 10 years and will be renewed automatically.


UAE 5-Year Golden Visa or Property Investor Visa

If you’re wondering about getting a residency through buying a property in Dubai or any of the Emirates, you should read about this type of residency visa.


All the investor has to do is acquire a property in the UAE, fulfilling the following requirements:

The gross value of the property should be no less than AED 5 M
When investing, the amount used shouldn’t be a loan
The said property has to be retained for a duration of 3 years.


The following copies should be available with the investor when applying:

Previous visa
Personal photo (white background)
Title deed of the property
Good Conduct Certificate
Bank statement
Health insurance approved by DHA
Utility bill.


It is valid for 5 years with automatic renewal.


UAE Retirement Visa

Residents in the UAE who are above the age of 55 years old can apply for a retirement visa.


There are a few rules and regulations to this UAE residency visa for someone looking to retire in the country.

One of the following requirements must be fulfilled:

The applicant must have an investment in a real estate property that’s worth AED 2 M (in this case it is considered a type of investment visa)
The applicant must have savings in the amount of AED 1 M or more
The applicant has to have ongoing income that’s worth at least AED 20,000 per month
The applicant can combine between owning a property and their savings in the UAE, amounting to AED 2 M


The below copies are required by the applicants in any of the above cases:

Passport (applicants and their dependants if any)
Marriage certificate (when applicants are spouses)
Current UAE residency visa
Emirates ID
Further specific documents are required depending on the case as follows:

Real estate investment
Copy of title deed
Proof of retirement letter
Proof of savings in UAE letter
Fixed income
Proof of retirement letter
Proof of income letter
Bank statement of 6 months
Property investment and savings
Copy of title deed
Proof of savings letter.


The UAE retirement visa is valid for 5 years and can be renewed.