UAE Residence Visas For Investors

If you invest in Dubai’s property market, you can qualify for a residence visa. Typically, the visa has a standard validity of 2 years. However, new government initiatives and reforms introduced in 2018 have created further categories of investor visas with different criteria that need to be met. For the first-time investor, it is vital to understand the differences between each. Our guide below gives you a simplified breakdown of the various types of investor visas you can get in the UAE.

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Property Investor Visa

This is the residence visa that is most commonly granted to property buyers and investors.

Eligibility: Minimum investment of AED 1 million in freehold property

Validity: Renewable every 2 years

Renewal Conditions: Ownership of the property must be maintained for the duration of the visa

5-Year Property Investor Visa

This category was introduced early last year as a longer term option for property investors.

Eligibility: Minimum investment of AED 5 million in freehold property

Validity: Renewable every 5 years

Renewal Conditions: Ownership of the property must be maintained for the duration of the visa.

Retiree Visa

This visa is only applicable to those who are 55 years or older.

Eligibility: Minimum property investment of AED 2 million, minimum savings of AED 1 million or minimum income of AED 20,000/year

Validity: Renewable every 5 years

Renewal Conditions: As long as the criteria continue to be met, the visa will be renewed


Long-Term Residence Visa

This is the longest residence visa offered in the UAE and can be considered a general investor visa.

Eligibility: Minimum investment of AED 10 million, 60% of that investment must be in non-real estate assets

Validity: Renewable every 10 years

Renewal Conditions: The investment must be held for at least 3 years

If you want to learn more about the specifics of each criteria or about making a property investment in Dubai, please get in touch with our advisory team. We would be delighted to assist you with any queries you might have.