The United Arab Emirates government is planning to allow transit passengers “a day out in the city,” state news agency WAM reported.
The UAE Cabinet has created a working group, led by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, to formulate the new policy.
When implemented, transit passengers will be allowed to stay in the Emirates longer and have a chance to explore the country’s tourist attractions, and boost the country’s tourism sector.
“Transit passengers in the UAE made up 70 percent of the total passengers last year, and an enhanced entry-visa system would have a huge potential to benefit local tourism and economy,” said WAM.
Travelers from a number of countries need prior approval for transit visas before they are allowed entry in the UAE, while those provided a 96-hour transit visas must fulfil certain criteria, including a hotel booking for the duration of their stay as well as the time between their arrival and departure from the country is not less than eight hours.
The general policy being worked on would include visa fees and mechanisms to increase the number of visitors.