In an effort to boost tourism in Dubai, the UAE government has announced that there will be a visa requirement for tourists from across the Middle East.
Dubai is the fourth most visited city in the world, but the tourist numbers have been in a steady decline for the last few years.
According to data from Visit Dubai, Dubai has only seen a net increase in visitor numbers since 2013, with the number of visitors coming from Asia falling by 40% from 3.7 million to 1.9 million in the same time period.
The UAE has been under increasing pressure from Western countries, especially China, to rein in its tourism industry as it sees the country’s economic situation deteriorating.
As the country struggles with a huge debt burden, and in recent years with high unemployment, the government has been looking to attract foreign tourists and boost the economy.
Dubaidis tourist sites have been under scrutiny, however, due to their location in the desert, and a lack of official approval to host them.
As a result, the Dubai Tourism Authority (DTA) has announced plans to set up a special tourism agency to help manage the growing number of foreign tourists.
The agency will oversee the creation of a database of visitors from different parts of the world and the process of issuing a visa.
This will help guide them to the sites, and allow them to travel as a tourist.
The plan to establish the visa requirement is a step in the right direction, according to a spokesperson for the DTA, Mohammed Al Mokhtar.
However, it will take time for this new scheme to go into effect, and it is still unclear whether or not it will be able to attract more visitors to the city.
The DTA is currently seeking comments on its proposed visa requirement before it can finalise the plan.
The decision is yet to be announced by the DPA, however.
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The number of visas issued in the country has soared in the past few years, from only 7.5 million in 2016 to over 22.3 million in 2018, according the Tourism Authority of the UAE.
More than a third of the countrys population of 5.6 million is made up of foreign visitors.
The latest figures show that in the year ending March 2018, Dubai saw more than 4,000 foreign tourists visiting the country, a rise of nearly 40%.
Dubai’s official tourism statistics from the tourism authority showed that the city saw a net loss of 5,000 visitors between the years 2016 and 2018.
This was largely due to a decline in tourists coming to Dubai from the Middle east, according TOE.
However the DAA is hopeful that the rise in tourists from Asia, as well as increased tourism in Europe, will help boost the number coming to the country.
Dubay’s Tourism Authority said that the DTO was looking for ways to encourage more foreign tourists to come to Dubai, such as offering incentives for those coming from overseas.
A spokesperson for Tourism Dubai told Al Jazeera:The number and growth of tourists is what drives our economy, and the DTEA is looking to provide incentives to attract them to our city and create more jobs for the local people.
However this is still in the early stages of setting up the visa process, and more information will be released on the DTCA website at the end of the month.
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