UAE woos soccer followers with multi-entry visas

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will supply multiple-entry visas to soccer followers at this yr´s Qatar World Cup, officers introduced, because it seems to reap an financial windfall from the match.

The UAE, whose jewel is the tourism-to-finance hub of Dubai, follows neighbouring Saudi Arabia in opening its doorways to supporters arriving for the primary soccer World Cup within the Center East.

Followers with the Hayya Card issued to ticket-holders shall be eligible for the 90-day renewable visas obtainable for an preliminary payment of 100 dirhams ($27).

“This system comes throughout the UAE´s initiatives aiming to help the State of Qatar, in internet hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” the official WAM information company stated.

“Via the multiple-entry vacationer visa choices, the UAE shall be internet hosting the World Cup followers, permitting them to enter UAE a number of occasions over a interval of 90 days.”

Qatar, with a inhabitants of two.8 million and internet hosting the most important occasion in its historical past, is anticipating 1.2 million guests for the November 20-December World Cup.

With lodging briefly provide within the tiny however rich state, the overflow is shaping as an financial boon for Qatar´s Gulf neighbours.

Airways Saudia, Kuwait Airways, flydubai and Oman Air will placed on greater than 160 day by day shuttle flights for followers, permitting them to remain exterior Qatar and make day journeys to look at video games.

Final week Saudi Arabia, which is ramping up its tourism trade as a part of efforts to scale back its reliance on oil, additionally introduced multiple-entry visas for Hayya Card holders.

Resort and journey packages are on supply within the UAE for World Cup followers, together with at a football-themed lodge scheduled for opening on the glitzy Palm resort — a man-made island within the form of a palm tree.

Fan zones to look at the video games are additionally deliberate for Dubai, the place alcohol is extra extensively obtainable than Qatar.

The World Cup is shaping as a boon for Gulf nations lower than two years after a bitter row cut up the area and left Qatar reduce off from its neighbours.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt broke ties with Doha in June 2017, accusing it of being near Iran and supporting extremist teams, accusations which Qatar denied.

The three-and-a-half-year diplomatic, commerce and transport blockade was solely lifted in January 2021.


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