United Arab Emirates (UAE) is assessing more countries for potential visa-on-arrival agreements ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai next year, according to Gulf News.
Dubai Expo 2020 is a World Expo to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, opening on October 20, 2020. Dubai Expo 2020 is set to drive growth in industry as the various emirates aim to complete 160,000 hotel rooms in time to welcome 20 million visitors annually by 2020 - plus an additional five million visitors between October 2020 and April 2021 during the expo.
The head of Dubai's tourism Essam Kazim said that the UAE was still pushing for new countries to be added to visa exemptions.
Keeping ahead of the global competition, we are anchored by an unwavering vision of establishing Dubai as the number one most-visited and innovative city in the world"
"We remain focused on strengthening collaborations with our network of industry partners," the official said in a statement. This, he said, in turn underlined the "enormous diversity that the emirate offers global travellers," Kazim said.
"Keeping ahead of the global competition, we are anchored by an unwavering vision of establishing Dubai as the number one most-visited and innovative city in the world," he added.
His remarks came ahead of next week's Arabian Travel Market (ATM) industry conference, taking place in Dubai. Some 40,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Further bilateral cooperation with India was being discussed, Kazim said.
Last year, the UAE introduced a new transit visa allowing all transit passengers an exemption from entry fees for 48 hours with the option to extend up to 96 hours for Dh50.