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Leaving Dubai

With expatriates gearing up to flee Dubai, Kipp looks at the complications of disengaging with the once thriving emirate

January 19, 2009 2:18 by

Visa cancellation

Once your employment at a company ends, you have one month to sort yourself out before your visa expires. During this time, companies usually confiscate your passport (although they shouldn’t); they give it back to you at the airport the day you leave.

If, for whatever reason, you feel you have been dismissed arbitrarily and you’d like to file a complaint with the labor court, then the court can grant you a visa extension so that you can find another job in the emirate, even if your previous sponsor has requested that you leave the country.

However, if you do not get the extension and you stay in the country after your residency visa has expired, you will be charged AED100 for every day you stay in the UAE.


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  1. sleepless in sharjah on January 20, 2009 8:25 am

    they could afford the rainbow/lipton chai at the cafeteria by Jumeirah beach overlooking the Burj. n perhaps an EPPCO sandwich or a pint sized samosa could sum up the Dubai experience

  2. shantisubra on January 21, 2009 10:59 am

    What a cruel way, for one who has to leave this place that was once bubbling with activity, traffic, tickets, fine for every other simple (non)offence. A city trying to capture with the world’s highest, tallest, largest, biggest, longest………, A city where a commoner cannot even dream to reside alone or with family or with friends, is getting vacant this fast, but again with all difficulty in leaving!!!!!!!! Extremely SAD. Please authorities take some action, start the acts back with the bang………

  3. Mahesh on January 26, 2009 9:01 am

    Numbers given by DNRD doesnt add up, UAE census data shows population in the emirate on an average increases by 300000-400000 every year …Pls spend sometime before coming out with these bogus numbers.


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