The UAE has formally declared that, commencing on Monday, July 8, citizens aged 21 and over will be eligible for UAE passports with an extended validity of 10 years. Typically, passports are valid for five years from the date of issue. Significantly, the introduction of the 10-year passport service will cut the customer journey from two visits to a single visit every decade, aiding the government's initiative to simplify administrative processes and conserve citizens' time.

Major General Suhail Juma Al Khaili, the Director General of Identity and Passports at the Authority, specified that the 10-year validity is restricted to those aged 21 and older. Meanwhile, passports with a 5-year validity will still be issued to individuals under 21. The new 10-year Emirati passports will be issued through the same established procedures, standards, and delivery channels as the existing passports. Citizens can apply for this new service upon the expiration of their current passports.

This significant announcement highlights the UAE government's dedication to improving the travel experience and overall quality of life for its citizens.