By Staff writer
UAE cabinet says 14-day entry visas will be granted which can be extended
The UAE cabinet on Wednesday approved granting of on arrival visas to Indian citizens who hold US green card and visa.
The decision falls within the framework of the long-term strategic partnership between the UAE and India and the promotion of political, economic and trade interests, state news agency WAM said.
Indian citizens who hold green card or visa issued by the US shall be granted entry visas to the UAE for a period of 14 days which may be extended for a similar period provided the visa to the US or the green card issued and the passport are valid not less than six months.
The number of Indian tourists coming to the UAE in 2016 reached about 1.6 million, and there were about 50,000 UAE tourists who visited India in the same year. UAE citizens are also given on arrival visa in India.
India is the UAE’s second largest partner with trade between the two countries reaching $60 billion a year.
India is investing about $70 billion in the UAE through 45,000 Indian companies, while the UAE is investing $10 billion in the energy, metallurgical, services, technology and construction sectors.
There are a number of joint ventures and investments by UAE companies in India such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and Emaar, as well as DP World, which currently operates in six major ports in India, WAM said.
In the field of tourism, there are about 143 flights a day between the UAE cities and Indian cities at the rate of 1000 flights per week.
Thats a very fine and exemplary move by UAE and will certainly promote tourism in UAE on account of the significant volume of US inbound and outbound Indian travellers, hope the UAE would consider extending this to Indian Citizens holding Canadian PR and 10 year multiple entry visas as well given the significant traffic of Indian tourists visiting friends and relatives in Canada as well as Canadian PRs holding Indian Passports travelling to and fro Middle East and Canada.