Visa changes aimed at boosting tourism in Dubai

12/11/2012 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Visa changes aimed at boosting tourism in Dubai

The introduction of multiple entry visas should boost the number of people heading to Dubai.Under the new rules, business travellers, property investors and cruise tourists will find it easier to gain access to the UAE.DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem welcomed the move, insisting it will help attract even more visitors to the emirate.The global cruise sector is growing all the time and Dubai is a popular stop-off point thanks to its gorgeous beaches, warm weather and wonderful array of shops and entertainment."This is 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," Mr Bin Sulayem remarked.Meanwhile, senior vice president and managing director of DP World Mohammad Al Muallem said work was already underway to boost capacity at Mina Rashid - Dubai's main cruise terminal.According to Dubai Cruise Terminals, the emirate will see 420,000 people visit the emirate as part of their luxury boat trip in 2012, ARY News reports.This is up from 396,500 in 2011 and the organisation believes as many as 475,000 tourists will board cruise ships in Dubai in 2014.Of course, the vast majority of visitors to Dubai enter the UAE via plane and there has been a sharp rise in air passengers in the past year.Dubai Airports revealed last month that nearly 4.8 million people landed in the emirate in September alone, which was a 12.8 per cent rise on the corresponding month in 2011.There is every chance this figure will rise considerably in 2013, as Dubai International Airport is undergoing expansion work that will take the capacity to 75 million people a year.Various airlines are also adding new services that link Dubai to different parts of the world, making it easier for tourists to find affordable flights.Whether visiting by air or sea, Dubai is clearly a great draw for tourists and this is fantastic news for investors who have secured property assets in the vibrant city.