Don’t feel like driving through the desert for hours to renew your UAE visitor’s visa? An excellent alternative to driving across the Omani boarder is to simply book a return flight to Oman. Rotana Jet offers a special visa renewal fare of only 306 AED for a return flight to Muscat – you board your plane at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 2; without having to go through immigration in Muscat you go to the Rotana Jet desk to pick up your boarding pass for your return flight; you get straight back on the same plane to return to Abu Dhabi immediately. No lay over – the plane waits for you and the turnaround is a matter of a few minutes. Terminal 2 has ample parking and is very small, and a breeze to travel through. One security check, one waiting hall, one little duty free shop and a café.
Note that the special visa renewal fare is not available online – you need to call Rotana Jet to book, or head over to their office at Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi. I had little luck with getting through to them on the phone and went to the office, where the staff was very helpful. I only booked 1 day in advance and paid the fixed visa renewal fare. Super efficient process.
[Note: This process may depend on your nationality. I belong to one of the nationalities that automatically receives a 30 day visitor’s visa upon entry to the UAE. For other nationalities, other rules may apply!]