By Andy Sambidge
European Union committee recommends that visa requirements for Emiratis should be lifted
The requirement for UAE nationals to get a visa to enter the European Union could soon be lifted.
The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has adopted a report recommending that visa requirements to enter the EU for nationals of the UAE should be lifted.
Mariya Gabriel, the rapporteur of the report, told a meeting of the committee that the UAE is interested in strengthening ties with Europe, news agency WAM reported.
"There is no risk of illegal immigration. Trips made by UAE nationals to Europe are mainly for business, tourism, studies or health care," Gabriel said, adding that the UAE will comply with total reciprocity regarding the visa waiving.
This would make the UAE the first Arab country whose nationals will enjoy visa free travel to the EU.
An official from the EU Commission told the meeting that the EU's executive body is in favour of lifting the visa for UAE citizens.
The Committee will vote on the report later this month and the report will then go before the full European Parliament and the Council of Ministers for their approval by mid-2014.
They should remove visa conditions for those expats who are from the UAE too. As in, those born and who have lived there only.