By Elsa Baxter
New centres being opened to cope with demand, more people moving to Dubai.
Applications for residency visas are increasing, proving that the number of people relocating to Dubai is on the rise, senior immigration official have said.
"The number of people tested last year was 500,000. It has already reached 450,000 as of the end of October," said Maisa Al Bustani, director of the medical fitness services department in the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
Officials told Gulf News the number of people visiting medical fitness test centres had increased and that more centres would be opening, including one in Jebel Ali and Dubai Airport Free Zone (Dafza).
All expatriates are required to have blood tests for HIV and Hepatitis C, and a chest X-ray for signs of tuberculosis before being granted a residency visa.
Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director general of the Dubai Department for Residency and Foreigners Affairs, told the paper the UAE was "fit and healthy".
"I can prove the number of people coming to Dubai is increasing," he said.
Abdul Latif Al Mulla, group CEO of Tecom Investments, told the paper: "There has been a consistent increase in demand for visa applications across our 11 business parks."
And the number of cancelled visas is...??
And the number of canceled visas, transfers from Sharjah visa & absconders is...??
The government carefully sidestepped the issue of medical exams from visa RENEWALS and lateral job changes. 500,000 medical exams absolutely does NOT mean 500,000 new residents in Dubai. If that was true, then the growth rate is 25%-30%, which is impossible. Also, the "1.9% increase in Q2" merely reflects the standard assumption of 7%-8% annual growth, based on the inter-census growth recorded between 2000 and 2005. The Dubai Statistics Center defines this assumption in every report. So the press release merely took this assumed annual rate and divided by 4. Last point: According to the Dubai Statistics Center's latest update, there were about 370,000 more departures than arrivals at the airport between January and May. Available on their website: Dubai in Figures
Is this new information that "All expatriates are required to have blood tests for HIV and Hepatitis C, and a chest X-ray for signs of tuberculosis before being granted a residency visa". When was Hepatitis C declared as being compulsory to test for expats? Does this affect all expats or only those working in the medical field eg beauty, restaurants?