Bu Amim calls for easing of US visa rules for UAE nationals
Posted on: Mon 05-Mar-2012
Dubai: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that the US should make it easier for UAE nationals to visit.

Speaking at a reception held by the Chamber in Seattle, Hamad Bu Amim, director-general of Dubai Chamber, said that such a move would allow the two countries to become better trading partners.

"Though many things have developed well, we still have room to develop even further," said Bu Amin in a speech.

"It is about time the US recognises the UAE as part of the visa waiver programme which will give UAE citizens preferential treatment like many other "friendly" nations.

"By positively addressing such issues, we will be able to take the US-UAE business ties to the next level," Bu Amim said.

Currently, US citizens are granted visas on arrival in the UAE, but UAE nationals must apply for a tourist visa in advance of their trip. Highlighting Dubai Chamber members' exports and re-exports to the US, Bu Amim said that the figures in 2011 reached Dh601.8 million, an increase of 9.2 per cent over 2010, while the number of certificates of origin issued by the Dubai Chamber to the US also increased 20.3 per cent last year.

Dubai and the United States are strong business partners as the country ranked as Dubai's third largest trade partner in the first five months of 2011. There are 1,025 American ownership and partnership companies operating in the emirate, he said.



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