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Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, the UAE Minister of Economy, has announced plans for the implementation of the ‘GCC Grand Tours’ visa, a unified Gulf tourist visa, during the Arabian Travel Market’s (ATM) opening day, Wego reports. This visa initiative, endorsed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), is set to streamline travel procedures across the six member countries.

The GCC Grand Tours visa is strategically designed to allow tourists to stay in the region for over 30 days, thereby enhancing convenience and affordability for travelers. Al Marri expressed optimism that this initiative would stimulate tourism-related activities and boost employment opportunities in the region.

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Authority highlighted the collaborative efforts among ministries to ensure the seamless implementation of the digitally transformed visa system. “By the end of this year, the whole system should be in place. Many people and teams, led by the Ministry of Economy in the UAE and other ministries in other countries, are working on it tirelessly to make it happen in the best possible way, emphasizing digital transformation,” said Al Midfa.

The ‘GCC Grand Tours’ visa is set to revolutionize travel logistics, making tourism within the GCC more accessible and cost-effective for visitors. The introduction of this unified visa system underscores the GCC’s commitment to promoting tourism and fostering economic growth, thereby solidifying its position as a leading tourist destination on the global stage.

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