UAE may allow transit passengers 'day out in the city'

Ramon Peñas  The National

Ramon Peñas The National

This comes after the UAE Cabinet gave a green light to grant entry visas to transit passengers - across all UAE airports - for those who wish to visit the country's landmarks and tourist attractions, according to WAM, the official news agency of the United Arab Emirates.

The cabinet formed a working group, led by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, to prepare the new policy considering the possible positive effects it will have on the tourism sector and the economy in general.

Over 70 per cent of passengers passing through airports in the UAE's in 2017 were transit passengers.

"Transit passengers in the UAE made up 70 percent of the total passengers a year ago, and an enhanced entry-visa system would have a huge potential to benefit local tourism and economy", said WAM.

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.

"In Dubai, transit time will become tourism as passengers are encouraged to leave the airport to experience the city", the Dubai Media Office had tweeted then.

Nearly 4.5 million passengers transit via Dubai International Airport on a per month basis, reaching more than a total of 50 million a year.

Most passengers remain in the concourse, shopping or having food and beverages.

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