The first Indian, with a valid US visa, to avail UAE’s visa-on-arrival facility arrived in Dubai on Monday.
The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, posted on their Instagram account a picture of the Indian passenger after his arrival.
“On the first day of activating the new order to Indian passport holders with a valid American visa for six months or a Green Card, our officers welcomed the first Indian passenger on the early hours at Dubai International Airport,” the GDRFA said.
The passenger’s name was not revealed by the officials.
Earlier in March, the UAE Cabinet had approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival.
Under the new move, ordinary passport holders from India who have a US visa or green card with a minimum six-month validity can enter the country from any point of entry for a period of 14 days, with an option for a one-time extension of the same period.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation circulated a letter to authorities to grant the UAE visa to Indians with valid America visa or Green Card following a Cabinet decision last month.
The decision to have a simplified visa process is aimed at advancing the UAE-India relations in economic, politics, and trade.
India is the UAE’s second largest partner, and trade between the two countries reach $60 billion a year, with UAE exports to India amounting to $27 billion a year, while India exports to the UAE is valued at $33 billion.
There are around 143 daily flights between cities in both countries, one flight every 10 minutes, or 1000 flights per week. The number of Indian tourists coming to the UAE in 2016 reached about 1.6 million Indian tourists, and there were about 50,000 UAE tourists who visited India in the same year.