In Brief

Casbah Aït Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate

Dubai offers one-year remote working visa

Tourists and overseas professionals who want to extend their holiday and enjoy working in another country for a year, now have the option of acquiring Dubai’s new work-from-home visa. Dubai Tourism announced the new visa in October, giving tourists the opportunity to live and work remotely in the emirate.

The new programme promises that visa holders will have access to all required services, including telecoms, utilities and schooling options. The new initiative encourages applicants to bring their families to the UAE to spend 12 months.

The new visa costs $287 (Dh1,054) plus medical insurance with valid UAE coverage and processing fee per person. Applicants will only be approved if they earn a monthly salary of $5,000 (Dh18,365) per month, and can prove this with last month’s payslip and three months’ bank statements.

Investors and business owners are also encouraged to apply, with proof of ownership of company for one year or more, an average monthly income of $5,000 (Dh18,365) per month and three preceding months’ bank statements.


MMRPC launches two major regional campaigns

In conjunction with the reopening of Maldives’ borders and the launching of "Rediscover Maldives...the Sunny Side of Life" campaign, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has kick-started two campaigns with Dnata Travel and Emirates Woman.

During the two-month joint campaign with Dnata Travel, Maldives will be promoted through a dedicated Maldives page on Dnata Travel’s website, EDMs, promotional videos, paid social media advertisements, promotional flyers (digital and print), retail POS advertising, training programs and PR initiatives.

The key objective of both campaigns is to increase the destination presence and tourist arrivals by reassuring tourists in the Middle East that Maldives remains a safe haven for all travellers to enjoy.


HKTB announces Hong Kong-Singapore ATB

Hong Kong and Singapore have reached an in-principle agreement to establish a bilateral Air Travel Bubble (ATB). This milestone arrangement will help revive cross-border air travel between the two aviation hubs in a safe and progressive way.

Hong Kong and Singapore enjoy strong trade, investment, finance, tourism and people-to-people ties. Both cities are major aviation hubs, and the international air route between the two cities was among the busiest in the Asia-Pacific region before the pandemic. Travel links between Hong Kong and Singapore are important for both cities.

In conjunction with this announcement and to inspire visitors to explore Hong Kong from all angles, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has launched 360 Hong Kong Moments – opening up the city virtually by way of wholesome and immersive content, designed to remind the world what a wonderful and all-encompassing destination Hong Kong is.


Morocco relaxes border restrictions

The Moroccan National Tourist Office (MNTO) has confirmed that the national border regulations have been relaxed to international visitors.

As of now, travellers of visa-exempt countries can enter the country on presenting a negative Covid-19 PCR test where the results are dated no more than 72 hours before departure. Serological tests are no longer needed.

Passengers must also present either an invitation from a Moroccan company or a confirmed accommodation booking for the duration of their stay.

Morocco is a geographical and cultural crossroad, which has managed to preserve its authenticity for centuries while opening up to the world. Morocco is also characterized by its huge diversity in landscapes and climate, along with a 3500 km coastline, full of white sandy beaches.