UAE citizens must apply for a visa to visit the United States, as they are not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). To enter the U.S., travellers from the UAE must obtain the appropriate U.S. visa that corresponds with the purpose of their visit, whether it's for tourism, business, study, or other reasons. The visa application process involves submitting the necessary documentation and attending an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the UAE.

As a UAE resident, if you possess a passport from one of the 40 countries included in the US Visa Waiver Program and currently reside in Dubai, you might not require a visa for short visits to the US. Instead, citizens from these countries can obtain a US Electronic Travel Authorization, allowing them to enter the US as visitors.

For comprehensive information on the visa application process, including the types of visas available and how to apply, UAE residents and citizens can refer to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate website in the United Arab Emirates: Visas - U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the United Arab Emirates. 


  • UAE nationals are granted a maximum stay of six months under both tourist (B2) and business (B1) visa categories. The visa can be valid from 1 month to 10 years, allowing for single, double, or multiple entries into the United States. Travellers need to note that the duration of each stay, within the visa validity period, is subject to a maximum of six months, as determined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of entry.
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     if you possess a passport from one of the 40 countries included in the US Visa Waiver Program, you will be allowed to stay in the US for 90 days.
  • When applying for a USA visa from the UAE, the required documents include:
  • Completed online visa application form (DS-160): Each applicant must complete this form, which is available at
  • Passport: Valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the United States.
  • Photo: A colour photo taken within the last six months, meeting the U.S. visa photo requirements.
  • Application fee payment receipt: Proof of payment for the nonimmigrant visa (MRV) application fee.
  • Appointment confirmation: Documentation confirming your U.S. Embassy or Consulate interview.
  • Additional documents may be required based on the specific visa category and individual circumstances. These could include proof of financial means, intent to return to the UAE, and any documents supporting the purpose of your trip, such as business invitations or travel itineraries.
  • For a detailed overview of the application process and a comprehensive list of required documents, visit the Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service website

For UAE residents planning their first trip to the USA, several must-visit destinations offer a blend of iconic landmarks, vibrant cities, and breathtaking natural wonders.

  • New York City, New York: Known as the Big Apple, explore famous attractions like Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the Empire State Building.
  • Washington, D.C.: Immerse yourself in American history with visits to the White House, Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian museums.
  • Miami, Florida: Enjoy this lively city's beautiful beaches, exquisite cuisine, and vibrant nightlife.
  • San Francisco, California: Don't miss the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the city's historic cable cars.
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona: Experience the awe-inspiring landscape of this natural wonder.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: Dive into the entertainment capital of the world, known for its vibrant nightlife and casinos.
  • Los Angeles, California: Explore Hollywood, stroll along the Walk of Fame, and relax on Santa Monica's or Venice's famous beaches.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: Enjoy the unique culture, music scene, and Mardi Gras festivities.
  • Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii: Experience stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and laid-back island life.

The best time to visit the USA from the UAE varies depending on your preferences for weather and activities and the specific regions you plan to explore.

  • Peak season (June to August): Ideal for those seeking vibrant amusements and attractions, with warm to scorching temperatures perfect for exploring parks, beaches, and mountains.
  • Shoulder seasons (March to May and September to November): These months offer pleasant weather, making it a great time for sightseeing and outdoor activities without the peak season crowds.
  • Off-season (December to February): Characterised by colder temperatures, this period is less crowded and might offer lower travel and accommodation costs, with the unique charm of winter landscapes and festivities.

Each season presents its attractions and experiences, from spring's blooming landscapes to winter's festive spirit. 


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