UAE is firmly established as the business, financial and commercial hub of MENA region. Favorable business conditions and futuristic investment decisions have resulted in UAE becoming the most successful and rapidly expanding economy. UAE has an exciting, diverse, multi-cultural blend of young, dynamic and professional people, all enjoying the unrivaled quality of life the country has to offer. People are drawn to UAE as much for lifestyle reasons as for the outstanding business opportunities it has to offer.

Due to its healthy economy, many foreign nationals are interested in relocating to the UAE in order to pursue investment opportunities. To encourage and attract foreign investment, the UAE has created investment-driven immigration programs.

The Government also facilitates investors by ensuring the provision of different types of visas. Among these, the investor visa is of significant value. It provides residency to the investors for a period of two to ten years depending on the eligibility.


  1. Residency by investment in property
  2. Visa on the basis of setting up a company in UAE
  3. Long term visa in Dubai
  4. Visa for retirees

Residency by investment in Dubai property

Investor visa in UAE based on investment in property is a best suitable option for individuals who wants to settle in UAE since for various reasons UAE would be an equally better place to live when compared to their home country.

For such individuals, investing in a Residential Property is one way to get an Investor Visa in UAE (Dubai visa). The property has to be bought and not received as a gift. If it is received as a gift, it clearly reflects on the title deed that the property was gifted which does not make the individual an investor.

You can apply for Investor Visa in UAE if your property is worth AED 1 million or above and not more than 50% of it under the mortgage. The investment has to be in a single residential property and not in commercial properties. The validity of this visa is for two years and you have to renew the visa after two years and the renewal will be for three years.

The Investor Visa in UAE will be applicable to freehold residential properties only. It is not possible to apply for Investor Visa in UAE under an off-plan property.

Investor Visa in UAE is allowed even under a jointly owned property if the individual’s share in the property worth is at-least AED 1 million. The total cost for processing the Investor Visa will be approximately AED 20000.

Visa based on investment in a company

As a business powerhouse blessed with infinite investment opportunities and world-class infrastructure, UAE allows investors to register company in its specialized jurisdictions. Companies can be incorporated under Department of Economic Development (DED) or by any of the Free Trade Zone authority in UAE.

The Investor Visa in UAE can be applied by shareholders of Companies registered under Department of Economic Development (DED), Trakhees or any Free Zone authority in UAE.

The shareholders of any such registered company can apply for Investor Visa in UAE and the visa will be valid for three years. The investor’s spouse, children and helpers can also get residency visa under the sponsorship of the investor.

This has to be noted that shareholders of a Dubai Free Zone Company will have to apply for a Manager visa or any similar higher designations and it will be also valid for three years. However, shareholders of Free Zone Companies registered in any other Emirate can apply for an investor visa.

To apply for Investor Visa in UAE based on the shares held in a Dubai DED Company, the worth of shares held in total share capital must be approximately AED 75000. The total package for a company and an Investor Visa in UAE starts from AED 30000.

Long term investor visa in Dubai

Now investors in UAE are eligible for a five or ten-year residency visa depending on the size of their investment in the UAE. The investor’s wife, children, one manager and one adviser will also be able to obtain long-term visas.

In November 2018, the UAE Cabinet decided to introduce a new visa system for investors and talented individuals by providing them with long-term residence permits for up to 10 years.

This system will grant 10-year residency visas for specialists in medical, scientific, research and technical fields, this is also applicable to selected scientists and innovators.

The UAE Government has provided the first batch of long-term visas to the winners and finalists of the Mohammed bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Distinction, following the decision issued by the UAE Cabinet and more visas are expected to be issued in near future to the people who contribute in an extensive way to the country.

The announcement came after the second annual meeting of the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists. Over 150 scientists attended the meeting from around the world.

Commenting on the announcement of the first batch of long term visas in the second annual meeting of the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists, which saw over 150 scientists attend from around the world, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, said, “The granting of long-term resident visas to scientists and researchers is a reflection of the UAE leadership’s vision to enhance the country’s position as a destination for creative minds and talents.”

Visa for Retirees

Visa will be provided to expat retirees over the age of 55 years for a period of five years under the following conditions:

1. The expat should have invested in a property worth AED 2 million, or,

2. He must have savings of at least AED 1 million, or,

3. Have an active income not less than AED 20,000 monthly

This decision which was made in 2018 came as a relief for many who have lived in this country for decades. It will help them plan a long time in terms of investment as well as retirement.


  1. The residents of UAE experience high level of safety, life style and beneficial tax treatment
  2. Investor visa in UAE facilitates the investor by providing reasonable costs and requirements
  3. The validity of the visa remains on the fulfillment of the conditions that the resident will visit UAE at least once every 180 days
  4. Family visa is easily obtained
  5. The renewal procedure is simple and quick
  6. After obtaining the visa, the investor becomes the tax resident of Dubai and is subject to the highly favorable tax conditions for the residents.
  7. There are no personal taxes for the residents
  8. UAE has also signed various double tax treaties. Tax advantages may also be applied on dividends and incomes from abroad

In UAE, there are different authorities under which you can register your company including DED and more than 40 active and prominent Free Zones. The procedure and requirements for registering a company under each authority is different. Same is applicable to investor visa in UAE as well. There are multiple options for Investor Visa in UAE and the procedure is different for each option. An experienced consultant can guide you better to understand which option will be most suitable for your investor visa in UAE.

For any further information you can contact Mr. Anoop Cheerathodi for a free consulting session. You can directly get in touch with Mr. Anoop on the below details

Email: Mobile : +971 56 501 4164

Anoop Cheerathodi in his current role as a Business Consultant at ADAM Global ensures that he delivers updated information and facilitates the entire procedure for registering company and/or processing Investor Visa in UAE. His clients come from all across the globe including India, Germany, UK, France, Italy, GCC as well as USA and are Investors in Real Estate and Corporate Entities, Doctors, Professional consultants, auditors etc.

Anoop Cheerathodi


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