Schengen visa exemption for UAE soon

The Civil Liberties Committee at the European Parliament (EP) has unanimously voted for a proposal to add the UAE to the list of countries whose nationals are exempt from the Schengen visa requirements.

The UAE Ambassador to the European Union, Sulaiman Al Mazrouei, described the EP's move as an achievement for the UAE diplomacy and a reflection of the country's strong ties with the EU.

"If approved, the Schengen visa waiver would ease travel for the UAE citizens to the Schengen states. The UAE would be the first Arab country whose citizens are exempt from Schengen visa," said Al Mazrouei.

"Today's vote is a huge step towards finalizing legislative requirements and moving to negotiations and subsequent waiver implementation," he added.

He dedicated the achievement to the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and their Highness the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.

Al Mazrouei praised the pivotal role played by the 'friends of the UAE' group at the European Parliament and the UAE ambassadors to the EU states.

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