Mar 28 2013

New Visa Application Centers Open in Dubai, Sharjah for Saudi Travel Permits

New Visa Application Centers Open in Dubai, Sharjah for Saudi Travel Permits
Saudi visas will now be processed at VFS TASHEEL Visa Service Centers mandated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dubai, March, 28th 2013: The Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Ambassador Osama bin Ahmad Al-Sanousi Ahmed in presence of His Excellency Ibrahim Bin Saad Al-Brahim, Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and the Consul General of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Dubai, UAE, Mr. Emad Adnan Madani, today inaugurated the Visa Service Centers for Saudi Arabia in Dubai and Sharjah. As part of processing entry permits to the Kingdom, visa applications for Saudi Arabia will now be processed at the new outsourced visa centers of VFS TASHEEL, a joint venture between VFS Global & TASHEEL, KSA.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to open many such Visa Service Centers in other countries as part of a signed contract to provide visa processing and biometric enrollment services. The company will open another outsource center in Abu Dhabi in the next two months.

These centers would perform essential roles as mentioned below:

1- Biometric registration (facial and finger's print) for all visa applicants. This process aims to reduce the waiting time on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia borders especially for Hajj and Umrah applicants.

2- Optimize and organize the performance of VSCs by providing the applicant a high level of services while submitting their applications.

"The new visa centers are packed with more convenience and comes with large number of service counters, a large reception area, premium lounges, and an artisan café; all to enhance the experience and add value to the process of visa applicants. The center will be open for extended hours speeding up the visa procedures for the entry permits to the Kingdom," said Zubin Karkaria, Director, VFS TASHEEL.

The centers also have a vast array of optional value added services that caters to all travel needs matching various purposes of travel. "Our endeavor is to provide a truly hospitable ambience at the visa centers with up to date contemporary facilities that will make applying visa with us a pleasant experience. The vast array of value added service & retail products will help cater to all travel needs, be it for pilgrimage, businesses or work related reasons under one roof," said Mr. Karkaria

For more information please contact:
Suhail Shaikh
Corporate Communications
VFS TASHEEL International
3609 Jumeirah Business Center 1
Jumeirah Lake Towers - Cluster G
Tel: +9714 3695090

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