Chinese visitors to the UAE will now be granted visas on arrival, the Cabinet announced on Sunday, reported Gulf News
“We have approved a decision to grant visas on arrival at the country’s airports to visitors from the People’s Republic of China,” said Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.
“Our relations with China are strategic and a priority,” he added in remarks published on his official Twitter account.
Chinese tourists previously had to obtain visas before travelling to the UAE.
According to statistics, More than 14.2 million people visited Dubai in 2015, but the target is 25 million by 2020 when the Gulf emirate hosts the global trade fair Expo 2020.
In July 2016, Dubai Airport has exceeded all previous records surging to a historic high of 7.6 million passengers, according to Dubai Media Office.
“granting visas on arrival at the country’s airports to Chinese people estimated at 1,3 billion, is a huge and undebatable decision “, Professor of Political Science in UAE, Abdulkhaleq Abdulla reacted on his official Twitter account.