By Staff writer
Changes approved by Cabinet include the introduction of a one-time visa valid for two weeks
Bahrain’s Cabinet has approved the launch of visa and residency reforms amongst other measures to boost competition in the country and attract more investors and tourists.
The Cabinet approved a draft order to alter the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs’ service fees, reported Gulf Daily News.
Changes will include the introduction of a one-time visa valid for two weeks for a fee of $13 (BD5), the extension of the duration stay per visit for a three-month multiple entry visa holder from two weeks to a month, the issuance of a multiple entry visa valid for one year for a fee of $225 (BD85) and the increase in the price of a five-year multiple entry visa from $160 (BD60) to $450 (BD170).
Other measures discussed during the cabinet’s meeting include the improvement of government performance, the enhancement of government-citizen communication through the establishment of the National Communication Centre and the reorganisation of the Transport and Telecommunications Ministry.
I wish to really see Bahrain as a center of high tech silicon wadi being replicated as they've done in Israel's center, Tel Aviv, but it seems the costs and risks of doing this might turn to be very high compared to other Gulf states. Bahrain should promote Manama as a center of doing business and trade much more better than Dubai or Sharjah, and should also invest in a really bigger port than Jebel Ali or Khalifa port, to really compete with UAE in these aspects, as this would also mean really tough competition coming from this country. Announcing sops for US,Japanese, Taiwanese and European high tech companies to set up units like Semicon Fabs, IT parks and offshore tech centers could really make Bahrain the Place to Be, and also set an example for other GCC states to follow,with Saudia being the largest and most important beneficiary of this deal.