By Judith Gicobi
Kenyan citizens now have access to six-month tourist visas instead of only one-month ones thanks to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Than’ Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Trade, said in a media interview that the decision will improve trade ties and provide more Kenyans the chance to establish themselves in the Gulf state.
He further added , the UAE government will disclose the exact date at which the new development will become effective.
“We are looking forward to having more business people exploring and doing business in the UAE markets and taking some of the businesses from the country and back to Kenya,” Zeyoudi stated.
His words were echoed by Richard Ngatia, president of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), who urged more Kenyans to enter the East African market.
“They are looking at penetrating the East African market as the population keeps growing with the recent addition of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the EAC. Therefore, there was a need for them to establish how they would partner with the private sector,” Ngatia stated.
The decision was made five months after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s three-day tour of the nation during the Dubai Expo 2020.
The Head of State reaffirmed Kenya’s reputation as a secure location for investments during the ceremony.
In order to strengthen economic ties and remove obstacles to commerce, the president said that his administration will give investors’ needs top priority.