Centres providing Indian passports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are going to double from early 2017. This has been confirmed by the Charge d’Affaires, Neeta bhushan, at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.


The embassy is going to opt for two companies who will add these centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The existing centre already handles a huge number of passports and visa applications on a daily basis. The embassy felt that this existing centre is getting overburdened with the number of applications coming in every single day. Thus, this initiative is to ease off the pressure and make the process faster for the Indians residing in these three cities.


These two companies are expected to have a healthy competition which in turn would improve the efficiency and quality of the services provided to the Indians in these emirates.


However, two centres in Kalba and Khorfakkan will be discontinued as there are hardly any customers.  


A new centre in Musaffah in Abu Dhabi will be opened under one of these two companies. This centre will cater to a huge number of blue-collar workers and Indians residing in that area.


According to the embassy, there are 2.6 million Indians residing in the UAE. Therefore a large number of passports and visa applications have to be processed on a daily basis. The existing centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi issues approximately 3,00,000 per year.