According to the latest decision approved by the UAE Cabinet, Indian passport holders with a valid US visa or a green card would be granted a visa on arrival in the UAE.
The decision falls within the framework of the long-term strategic partnership between the UAE the Republic of India, promoting political, economic and trade interests between the two countries.
The decision further strengthens the UAE external ties by facilitating the visa issuance process to confirm its global status as a tourist and economic hub.
As per the move, ordinary passport holders from India with a US visa or green card with a minimum of six month validity can enter the country from any point of entry for a 14 day period, with the option of a one-time extension of the same period.
India is UAE’s second largest partner, and the trade ties between the two nations has touched USD60bn annually, with UAE exports to India touching $27bn annually, while India’s exports to the UAE is worth $33bn.
India invests about $70bn in the UAE through its 45,000 Indian companies, while the UAE invests about $10bn in the energy, technology, metallurgical service and construction sectors in India.
There are several joint ventures and investments by UAE companies in India like Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Emaar, Abu Dhabi Investment authority and DP World, which now operates in six major ports in India.
Currently there are about 143 daily flights connecting cities in both countries. About 1.6mn Indian tourists visited UAE last year, while about 50,000 UAE tourists visited India last year.