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Dubai Cruise Sector Boosted By Multiple-Entry Visas

by Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus

16 November 2012


The chairman of port operator DP World has hailed the decision of the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to introduce multiple-entry visiting visas to support the growth of the nation's cruise tourism industry.

The UAE government issued ministerial decree No. 418 of 2012 on November 8, 2012, allowing multiple entry visit visas to the UAE for the first time. Those eligible for the multiple entry visas include businessmen, property investors and tourists on board cruise ships who will be eligible for multiple entry as their schedule includes entering the country more than once.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chair of DP World, which operates more than 60 terminals across six continents, said the decision was "a very positive move that will make a tangible difference to the cruise industry in Dubai and in the UAE and therefore to economic growth."

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, added that: “Multiple-entry visit visas for cruise tourists will smooth the way for the cruise lines and their passengers and allow Dubai and the UAE to compete more effectively with other cruise destinations. We look forward to welcoming more cruise ships at Mina Rashid in Dubai, as we expand capacity there, reinforcing Mina Rashid’s position as the premier regional cruise terminal.”

DP World is currently undertaking significant expansion at its Mina Rashid facility, the largest cruise centre in the Middle East, to cater for as many as five cruise ships simultaneously.

TAGS: United Arab Emirates | investment | business | marine | law | travel and tourism | Dubai

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