Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

UAE to Grant Russian Visitors Visa on Arrival - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

Dubai – The United Arab Emirates will offer Russian visitors visas on arrival in the country after Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has approved a cabinet decree on granting citizens of the Russian Federation an entry visa at all entry points to the country.

The cabinet’s decree states that citizens of the Russian Federation are granted an entry visa for 30 days for the first time, renewable for one time only in a bid to boost tourism and trade, state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

This move will enhance strategic cooperation and the common ambitions of the two countries. It will also create new horizons of economic and touristic cooperation serving common interests and goals, as it strengthen the UAE’s international competitiveness as a vibrant economic, commercial, and tourist hub in the region, added the agency.

The two countries are linked through the strategic partnerships and the various agreements covering economy, tourism, and clean energy cooperation.

UAE ranks first in the GCC states as Russia’s most important business partner, and is considered the 10th largest foreign investor in Russia, with projects valued at $17.9 billion until the year 2014.

In 2015, the non-oil trade between the Dubai and Moscow reached $2.4 billion.

UAE is investing around $4.9 billion in infra-structure development in Russia. The average growth of foreign non-oil trade between the two countries reached 31% over the past 5 years.

In the past two years, UAE has received more than 600,000 Russian tourists and there are 56 weekly flights between the two countries by UAE National carriers. This number is expected to rise after the issuance of the Decree and its positive impact on trade and tourism.

Tourism contributed to 8.7% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of $36.4 billion in 2015. The government considers this sector one of the most important bases of the post-oil economy.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube