In 2017, the UAE started Amer or Smart Visa centers. In 2018, the government is planning to expand their network and build around 70 Smart Visa centers, generating as much as 1,000 job opportunities. General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs announced the figures. 21 of these centers have already been established, according to Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
These centers are set up so that UAE residents don’t have to travel long distances to get visa work done. They can carry their residency transaction work there as well and don’t need to visit the Directorate for that. Al-Marri said that by the second quarter of 2018, GDFRA plans to open 19 more Amer centers, which would take the total to 40. And in the remaining two quarters, 30 more centers will be set up. Every Amer center will employ as many as 15 employees. Al-Marri visited the Dubai Mall, Al Rigga Street, Marhaba Mall, Mamzar, the Chinese Market, and the Waterfront Amir centers to see how they are progressing.
These centers provide high-quality services and are aimed at bringing happiness to UAE citizens and residents. Amer centers are a one-stop destination and will provide a lot more government services than just visa and residency services. Some services the Amer centers provide are Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority, and Emirates Identity Authority services.
The existing Amer centers carried out a total of 91,453 transactions in January and February 2018, out of which 37,355 were carried out in January 2018 and 54,098 transactions in February 2018. After the establishment of these Amer centers, obtaining medical services have become very easy. Also, many visa processing centers were shut down that were operated by private owners. So that now the system is more streamlined.