UAE eases visas for Chinese visitors
ABU DHABI // Chinese visitors to the UAE will be granted visas on arrival, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announced on Sunday.
“We have approved a decision to grant visas on arrival at the country’s airports to visitors from the Republic of China,” said Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.
“Our relations with China are strategic and a priority,” he added on his official Twitter account.
The move aims to increase the number of tourists from China, which has an increasingly prosperous middle class that is travelling abroad in greater numbers.
In February, Dubai Tourism chief Issam Kazim said that 450,000 Chinese visitors made the trip to Dubai in 2015, a 29 per cent increase over the previous year.
More than 14.2 million people visited Dubai in 2015, but the target is 25 million by 2020 when the Gulf emirate hosts Expo 2020.
The citizens of its five Gulf neighbours and 47 other countries can obtain a visa on arrival to the UAE.
Updated: September 4, 2016 04:00 AM