According to a report from the Manila Bulletin, the move aims to turn the country into a tourism hub.
On Twitter, the UAE’s Dubai Media Office posted: “@HHShkMohd, approves new amendment for tourist visas in #UAE. The new tourist visa will be valid for five years and can be used for multiple entries and is open to all nationalities.”
The tweet mentioned Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s prime minister and ruler of Dubai.
In a tweet on January 6, Sheikh Mohammed said that the country receives 21 million tourists per year. He added, “Our aim is to establish the country as a major global tourist destination.”
Previously, travelers from Africa, several South American countries, Arab states outside the Gulf and European states from outside the European Union and the former Soviet Union previously needed visas to enter the UAE.
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