China, one of the most stable partners of the UAE, has launched visa-free entry to UAE citizens from 16 January.
The People’s Republic of China declared about the exemption UAE nationals carrying ordinary passports from obtaining pre-entry visas. Tourists from UAE now has the opportunity of staying in China for up to 30 days on each visit.
The exemption came as a result of an MoU which was signed recently in Abu Dhabi by Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Ni Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the UAE.
This step facilitates to strengthening mutual relations, giving more opportunities for increasing tourism and trade between these countries.
The geostrategic position of the United Arab Emirates makes them an important link between the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Developed infrastructure, modern means of communication, transport networks, a world class financial system, are all factors that are important for attracting foreign investors to the UAE. However, it is noteworthy that China has recently taken the first place among the trade and economic partners from East Asian countries.
Diplomatic relations between the UAE and China were first established in 1984. To date, the embassies in Beijing and Abu Dhabi and general consulates in Hong Kong and Dubai have successfully operated.
The economic relations between the two countries began to develop rapidly since the mid-1990s, when the UAE swept the construction boom. The creation of free economic zones allowed investors from all over the world to make the decision to invest in the UAE. The economic and trade relations between the UAE and China are developing very dynamically, against the backdrop of a slump that the global economy demonstrates. Over the past decade, trade between countries has grown by an average of 35% each year.
China and the UAE express the importance of expanding cooperation in the field of oil and gas, construction of ports and other areas. The parties also study cooperation in such sectors as nuclear energy, clean energy, aviation and aerospace.
The parties are also committed to plans to strengthen strategic and political mutual trust.