In a significant move toward fostering enhanced regional connectivity and economic growth, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is actively considering the implementation of a streamlined visa system that would facilitate easier travel for residents across neighbouring Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia.
UAE Economy Minister Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri on Tuesday unveiled this ambitious initiative during a conference held in Abu Dhabi, hinting at the imminent introduction of the new visa system.
The proposed visa system aims to revolutionize travel for residents within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Al Marri revealed that the visionary reform would permit GCC residents to traverse the borders of member countries with unprecedented ease, marking a pivotal step toward regional integration and cooperation.
The countries comprising the GCC, including Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar, have long allowed their citizens to travel seamlessly within the bloc.
However, foreign residents, who constitute a substantial portion of these nations' populations, often encounter visa requirements when crossing GCC borders.
Addressing concerns about intensified competition with neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Al Marri underscored the mutually beneficial nature of this endeavour.