Russia signed the agreement on mutual visa abolition with the UAE
Last Friday, an intergovernmental agreement on the mutual visa abolition between Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was signed in Kazan.
According to the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, such an agreement will contribute to the development of business mobility and increase the tourist flow between the countries. “We can already note a significant increase in the number of Russian tourists arriving in the UAE which increased by more than 50% last year. More than 750,000 Russian tourists visited the UAE; according to expert estimates, their contribution to the economy of the country exceeded $2.3 billion. Taking into account the forthcoming removal of the visa barrier, we also expect an increase in the incoming tourist flow of citizens from the Emirates,” D.Manturov said.
It is worth recalling that from February 2017, Russian nationals can receive free UAE visas valid for up to 30 days upon their arrival and have the possibility to extend their validity period for another 30 days. According to the UAE authorities, about 995,000 Russian tourists visited the country in 2017 that is 108% more than a year ago.