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UAE nationals get visa-free travel to Ireland

There are 28 direct flights each week between the two countries

UAE nationals get visa-free travel to Ireland
Four actors on horseback dressed in Game of Thrones related costumes carry the Queens Baton as they make their way way along the Dark Hedges in Antrim Northern Ireland. The Dark Hedges near Stranocum in County Antrim featured as the Kings Road in season two of Game of Thrones and has become a tourist mecca for fans of the television series. Phot: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

UAE nationals will be able to travel to Ireland without visas from January 31, Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan.

Flanagan – who previously led a trade mission to the UAE as Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade – said the move will help facilitate the already-growing business opportunities between Ireland and the UAE.

“Excellent air-links between our two countries are facilitating growing partnerships in trade, education and tourism in particular,” he said. “The UAE is a key economic partner for Ireland and one of our priority markets.”

“We look forward to welcoming increased numbers of Emirati business people, students and tourists who will travel to Ireland following the lifting of the visa requirement,” Flanagan added.

In November, a trade mission led by the then-Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald came to the UAE in an effort to boost business relations between the two countries.

Speaking in Dubai, Fitzgerald noted that there was “a lot of scope” for increased tourism from the UAE given the 28 direct flights between the two countries each week.

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