Travellers transiting via the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would soon be able to visit the landmarks and tourist attractions in the country after the authorities have approved for a change in the existing visa policy, as per the reports of Khaleej Times.
As per the Arab publication, the policy would extend to all the airports of the United Arab Emirates and aims to boost transit visa procedures to enable stopover passengers to enjoy a day out in the nation, hence promoting the tourism industry.
The Federal Authority for the Identity and Citizenship would be leading the making of the new policy keeping in mind the possible positive effects it would have on the tourism industry and on the economy in general, the English daily quoted cabinet sources.
More than seven percent of passengers passing via the airports in the UAE in 2017 were transit passengers.
The new visa policy is anticipated to decide on the visa fees, proposals to increase the number of transit passengers and methods to boost the tourism in the country.
At the start of the previous month, the Dubai Airports had introduced a proposal that would permit the transiting passengers to leave the airport for experiencing the different pleasures of the city.
The Dubai Media Office at that time tweeted that in Dubai, the transit time would become tourism as passengers would be encouraged to leave the airport to experience the city.
#Dubai Airports proposes “Microcosm of Dubai” as part of @Dubai10X Initiative overseen by Dubai Future Foundation… In #Dubai transit time will become tourism as passengers are encouraged to leave the airport to experience the city.@Dubai10X #Dubai10X @DubaiAirports pic.twitter.com/iqQL4oPB8C
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 6, 2018
As per a video that the office tweeted, the “Microcosm of Dubai” project proposed city-wide itineraries that would guide passengers who are in transit in Dubai for a time frame of more than four hours. The ones in transit for less than four hours would get a “virtual tour” of the city.
Almost 4.5 million passengers transit via Dubai International Airport on a per month basis, reaching more than a total of 50 million a year. Out of these, 46 million of the transiting passengers do not visit the city.
Nearly 14.9 million tourists visit Dubai per year and the count is expected to increase to 20 million by 2020.