The UAE government has over recent years introduced new types of visas to encourage expats to live in the region for longer periods and also to invest their money locally. The latest one causing a stir is the retirement visa. Dubai and the neighbouring emirates have long been viewed as a tax-free haven offering safe and comfortable living with a convenient central location that offers easy access to the rest of the world. This region is home to about 8 million expats who live and work in the desert oasis for the tax-free income they earn, great job opportunities and the high quality of life afforded to them. Many of them are white-collar workers who want to raise their families in the region and also enjoy retirement here, even if it is only for a limited number of years.