UAE to issue ‘visa on arrival’ to Russian citizens
In a major move believed to give tourism in the country a boost, the UAE has decided to grant ‘visa on arrival’ for citizens of the Russian Federation.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved Cabinet decree number 24 for 2017 on issuing visa at all entry points to the country, state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.
The new law stipulates provision to grant citizens of the Russian Federation an entry visa for 30 days for the first time and it can be renewed for another 30 days.
The Decree 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, the agency said.
The country received more than 600,000 Russian tourists over the past two years.
Airlines from the UAE operate 56 weekly flights between the two countries.
Both the countries also enjoy strong bilateral trade relations. Non-oil trade between the two reached AED9 billion in 2015 and has grown at an average growth rate of 31 per cent in the last five years.
The UAE’s total investments in Russia amounted to AED66bn in 2014, making it the tenth biggest foreign investor.
Moreover, there are nearly 3,00 Russian companies operating in the UAE.
The new move is expected to give a fresh impetus to the bilateral trade and tourism.