DUBAI – In a bid to strengthen ties, Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates have recently signed an agreement that permits citizens of Uzbekistan to enter the UAE without the requirement of a visa.
The intergovernmental cooperation protocol was formally endorsed by Abdulaziz Akkulov, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the UAE, along with Khalid Abdullah Belhoul, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE on Tuesday.
In adherence to the terms outlined in the protocol, citizens of Uzbekistan have been granted the privilege of entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without the requirement of a visa, allowing them to stay for a maximum duration of 30 days.
Notably, this official implementation of the protocol is slated to commence on February 16, 2024.
The primary objective behind this strategic move is not only to simplify travel procedures but also to encourage a surge in cultural exchanges, fostering deeper connections and enhancing collaboration between the people of Uzbekistan and the UAE.
Expected to yield positive effects on both tourism and economic relations, the agreement comes at a time when about 119, 454 citizens of Uzbekistan visited the UAE in 2023, incurring visa-related expenditures amounting to $9.2 million.
Uzbekistan, in Central Asia, boasts a rich history and diverse landscapes. Iconic sites include Samarkand’s Registan Square and Bukhara’s ancient city. The capital, Tashkent, is a vibrant blend of modernity and tradition. With a population of over 33 million, Uzbekistan is known for its warm hospitality, cultural heritage, and the Silk Road legacy.
On the other hand, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a dynamic Middle Eastern country with a population exceeding 9 million. It is known for iconic landmarks such as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The UAE offers a captivating mix of modern cities, cultural richness, and breathtaking natural landscapes.