More Indian passport holders to get visa-on-arrival in UAE
New Delhi: In a move aimed at giving a boost to ties with India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has taken a major decision to expand the ambit of visa on arrival.
The decision, which was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved to grant visa on arrival to Indian passport holders with residence visa from UK and the European Union.
Earlier this year, the UAE Cabinet had approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival.
The decision comes within the framework of the long-term strategic partnership between the UAE and the Republic of India, the promotion of political, economic and trade interests between the two countries. According to experts, the decision would strengthen the UAE's external relations by facilitating the visa issuance process in order to confirm its global status as a tourist and economic hub.
Hailing the decision, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to India Ahmed Albanna said, "The decision to have a simplified visa process is in line of the maiden visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE to India in February 2016, when the Crown Prince had hailed the close links between the people of both countries."
"The decision of UAE cabinet to grant visa on arrival to Indian passport holders with residence visa from UK and the European Union would also be the key facilitator of people-to-people ties between the two friendly countries," Albanna said.