Multiple entry visas boost cruise tourism

In August this year, the UAE launched new visa rules and fees in order to attract more business and tourism activities into the region. Already in the pipeline for three years now, this highly anticipated change is a welcome boon not just to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but also to the other emirates and countries in the Gulf region.

The most sought-after highlight is the multiple entry visas for businessmen and tourists on board cruise ships. The visa will only cost AED 200, and will enable these visitors to also easily explore the neighboring Gulf countries while they are staying in the UAE.

Cruise tourists will not only enjoy going on desert safaris, riding up to the top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, or visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi; they can now visit the picturesque fjords and markets of Oman or the majestic mosques in Saudi Arabia, and then come back to their cruise ships moored in the UAE ports without the need for re-entry permits.

It is a remarkable move that will surely boost tourism in the region. Hopefully, multiple entry visas for ALL tourists will also be considered; then, the UAE will truly become the ultimate tourist destination not just in the Middle East but also in the world.

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