The UAE government will now grant visa on arrival to Indian passport holders with residence visa from UK and the European Union. The decision was approved on Wednesday at a cabinet meeting chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE, according to Khaleej Times. Earlier this year, the UAE Cabinet had approved a visa on arrival to Indians with either a valid US visa or a green card. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has confirmed the development by a tweet, saying “We also passed a regulation for Indian passport holders who hold residencies in the UK and EU to receive entry visas on arrival to the UAE.”
The decision comes within the framework of the long-term strategic partnership between the UAE and India, the promotion of political, economic and trade interests between the two countries. This decision strengthens the UAEs external relations by facilitating the visa issuance process in order to confirm its global status as a tourist and economic hub, as per PTI.
We also passed a regulation for Indian passport holders who hold residencies in the UK and EU to receive entry visas on arrival to the UAE.
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 13, 2017
Under the earlier move, ordinary passport holders from India who have a US visa or green card with a minimum six-month validity can enter the country from any point of entry for a period of 14 days, with an option for a one-time extension of the same period, the report said.
India is the UAEs second largest partner, and trade between the two countries reached USD 60 billion a year, with the UAE exports to India amounting to USD 27 billion a year, while India exports to the UAE is valued at USD 33 billion. There are around 143 daily flights between cities in both countries, one flight every 10 minutes, or 1000 flights per week. The number of Indian tourists coming to the UAE in 2016 reached about 1.6 million Indian tourists, and there were about 50,000 UAE tourists who visited India in the same year, as per PTI.