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Getting There


For passport holders of these nationalities below, visas are granted on arrival and at no cost. Your passport is stamped at immigration with a 30-day visa. Your passport should be valid for SIX months or more prior to the date of travel.

Visas on arrival

Australia Germany Luxembourg Singapore
Andorra Greece Malaysia South Korea
Austria Hong Kong Monaco Spain
Belgium Iceland Netherlands Sweden
Brunei Ireland New Zealand Switzerland
Denmark Italy Norway United Kingdom
Finland Japan Portugal USA
France Liechtenstein San Marino The Vatican

Citizens of the GCC nations of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia do not require a visa to travel to the UAE.

HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT WOMEN TRAVELLING FROM SAUDI ARABIA MAY NEED TO TRAVEL WITH THEIR SPONSOR.  Please seek advice on this before you make your travel arrangements. 

VISIT VISA – you must have this before you travel

If your nationality is NOT listed above, you need to apply for a visa before you travel. This is applicable for those with passports from Asian countries, African countries, Middle East nationals (excluding GCC nationals), nationals not included in Commonwealth Countries.  Again, your passport must be valid for SIX months or more prior to the expiry date.

To apply for a Visa 

We recommend that you see the UAE website, the Emirates website or contact your local travel agent, embassy or hotel reception.  Our visa support letter (download using the button on this page) may offer some assistance in your application.

Alternatively, if you are staying at the Novotel Al Barsha on the IBICUS special rate, they may also be able to assist you with visa processing.


Please come to the main reception of Raffles World Academy (not Raffles International School) on Al Marcup Street, at the correct time for your Timetable on Thursday 19 September 2019 to register and collect your name badge.



Dubai International Airport has 3 terminals.  Terminal 3 serves all Emirates and Qantas flights.  Terminal 1 serves all other major international routes and airlines.  Terminal 2 (further away and on the opposite side of the runway) serves Fly Dubai, regional and low cost carriers.

Dubai is also served by Al Maktoum International Airport (or Dubai World Central, DWC) which serves Wizz Gulf Air and Qatar Airways flights. This airport is situated to the south west of the city beyond Jebel Ali and is further away than Dubai International Airport.

Via Taxi

The quickest way of making the journey from Dubai International Airport is by taxi, which should take around 30 minutes to the city centre.  Taxis are plentiful at the airport and should cost approx. 75 AED for a single journey to the centre and/or the Novotel Al Barsha hotel.  

Via Public Transport

Alternatively, you can also use the Dubai Metro which connects Dubai International Airport Terminals 1 and 3 with most central parts of Dubai. Trains run from 6am to 11pm every day except Fridays when they run from 2pm in the afternoon.   You can buy tickets at the stations and/or use a Nol card which can be topped up for cashless use.  There is a Gold Class carriage and areas specifically for women and children.  You can take one piece of luggage and one piece of hand luggage on the metro.

(The nearest metro station to Dubai World Central is Ibn Battuta, which is a 20-30 minute taxi ride away).

The Novotel Al Barsha is situated very close to the Sharaf DG Metro Station

From the City Centre to the School 

There are public buses but only in certain areas and on certain routes.  The quickest and easiest way to get to and from the workshop venue is by car or taxi.  There is plenty of parking directly outside the school.

If you need to book Taxis at any time, these are plentiful and reasonably priced in Dubai and you can hail one on the street or book by telephone on +971 4 2080808/ local dial 04 2080808

Or use Careem, an online taxi booking and tracking service, or Uber from your smartphone.