Emiratis now will need only a valid passport to enter any of the Schengen countries. UAE citizens will be allowed access to 34 European countries, including 28 Schengen states, thus making the Emirates the first Arab country, second in the Middle East, and third among Islamic countries whose citizens receive this visa waiver.
From May 7, UAE citizens will be entitled to visit many European countries that are a part of the Schengen area without having to obtain a visa prior to travel.
Sulaiman Hamid Almazroui, UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union said, “This is a historic moment in the relationship between the UAE and the EU. The Schengen waiver agreement was an initiative that’s been there for three years. Today, it’s been successfully concluded by the signing ceremony at the EU Council".
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Source: Gulf News