Dubai wants to give Indians visas on arrival

Dubai’s tourism office is pushing for Indian passport holders to receive a visa-on-arrival, according to reports.

Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) chief executive Issam Kazim said that they were the natural choice as the largest group visitor to the emirate.

Dubai welcomed 617,000 Indians in the first quarter, a 7 per cent increase from the previous year.

There was also a 106 per cent increase in Russian visitors after Russian passport holders were granted visa on arrival in the UAE in early 2017.

Access to the UAE was made easier for Indian passport holders with a visa-on-arrival for those with an UK, European or US visa.

Granting visa on arrival to Indian passport holders will help the UAE reach their goal of 20 million tourists annually by 2020.

Last year, the UAE attracted 15.79 million overnight tourists.

Government authorities are also exploring a transit visa policy. Essentially, allowing passengers who are transiting in Dubai to leave the airport and enter the country between flights.