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UAE: Visa changes ‘will not damage tourism’

A new visa regime in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will not unduly affect the nation’s tourist industry, government officials have claimed.

Law changes have been made aimed at cracking down on immigration violations and visa trading, but the UAE visa regulatory body has told tourist industry businesses not to worry.

From August 1st, all visitors to the UAE will need to have health insurance to be allowed into the country.

Brigadier Nasser Awadh Al Minhali, director general of Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency told the official Emirates news agency that restricting the issuance of tourist visas for only licensed tourism operators would give them the “opportunity to grow” and receive all tourists who were coming to the country.

According to the government website, the UAE is “endowed with an extensive coastline, sandy beaches and varied landscape.”

Traditional sporting activities such as falconry, camel racing and horse racing are said to be popular with tourists.

Dubai is the largest city in the wealthy Gulf state, a connecting link between Europe and Asia.

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