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DNRD Department of Naturalization & Residency Dubai, now GDRFA

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General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) (Department of Naturalisation and Residence Dubai, DNRD)

The Department of Naturalisation and Residency Dubai (DNRD) processes entry permits, visit visas, residence visas, etc for entering and living in the UAE if you come in through Dubai. DNRD is also referred to as the Dubai Immigration Department or Dubai Naturalisation and Residence Department. Other emirates have similar offices. See the list of UAE immigration departments.

Tel 800-5111 (toll-free in UAE; from overseas use +971-4-3139999) for DNRD Dubai immigration helpline, available 24 hrs for UAE visa questions (related to any UAE emirate). For email questions use amer@dnrd.ae.

DNRD name change to General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA, GDRFAD, DGDRFA)
DNRD services
DNRD head office and branch locations

The main Dubai Naturalization and Residency office is on Trade Center Road just before it goes under the Trade Center Roundabout to join Sheikh Zayed Road in the Al Jafiliya (Al Jaffilya, Jaffiliah, etc) area of Dubai. It's a large white building next to the Bur Dubai traffic police department. Parking is difficult at the best of times but there is usually parking available across Trade Center Road outside Zabeel Park (see location map). A new DNRD building with more parking was scheduled to be open by the end of 2007 (according to a November 2005 press release).

DNRD offices offering all services (residency visas, entry permits, UAE passports) are:

Other DNRD external centers, branches and offices in Dubai with a restricted range of services are (some locations may be repeated with different names):

DNRD opening hours and timings

Working hours for most departments of the DNRD main office are 7:30 am to 8 pm (0730-2000) Sundays to Thursdays.

Eid Al Fitr 2010 opening times extended from 2130-0030 (until last day of Eid) at Dubai Immigration Office at Bin Sougat Shopping Center in Rashidiyah.

Dubai immigration and residency numbers, facts and figures
DNRD Amer video conference and self service kiosks
DNRD women's sections

In the UAE it is usually acceptable for females to jump to the head of a queue of males. With the advent of "take-a-number" type systems in many buildings, including the DNRD, this shortcut is not so easy to take advantage of. As an alternative, many organisations offering public services have a separate women's counter. The DNRD is implementing separate women's sections, with the first offices having partitions installed sometime after September 2007.

DNRD contact details
Last update Tuesday 31-May-2016
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