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While ties with Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania are growing with the recent signing of agreements to end double taxation, among other deals, authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced a Dubai visa ban on 20 African countries.
They include Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia, Burundi, Republic of Guinea, Gambia, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin, Ivory Coast, Congo, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Comoros and the Dominican Republic.
“Any applications from the above-mentioned countries will be sent back or cancelled,” the UAE authorities warned trade partner authorities along with travel agents, urging them to reject all related applications.
The reason given for the ban is increased visa term violations by persons from the said countries. The UAE authorities explained that persons from these countries are using 30-day visas to Dubai to stay and work in the country illegally.
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His vision for the Private Office of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Faisal Al Qassimi is to be one of the best royal offices in the Middle East and he is dedicated to continuing to be the driving force behind the private office.
To bring this vision to life, His Excellency Tomasz Zaleski adds that one of his passions is to continue to build a network of quality individuals who are inspired by his vision because it personally holds meaning to them.
“I am honoured to be connected to various administrators ranging from politicians, humanitarians and Sheikhs who are generous, and each contributes to the world in a positive and expansive manner,” he says.
His Excellency Tomasz Zaleski adds that developing opportunities for several other ambitious entrepreneurs and companies in the UAE is one of his biggest passions. He says that this is why he believes that “the ability to create is the success for everyone.”
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The President said enhancing trade between Kenya and the Gulf countries would help to address the urgent need for jobs and economic opportunities for young people.
He especially urged business leaders from the private and public sectors to develop a special trading framework that will give preference to small and medium enterprises in the East African Community and the GCC.
At the same time, President Kenyatta expressed the need to develop a long-term solution to the many tariff and non-tariff barriers that curtail trade between Kenya and the Gulf region.
Cargo freight and passenger flights from Dubai to Nairobi were not affected by the Kenyan ban.
All incoming and transit passenger flights from Kenya have been banned till further notice as a result of an increase in Covid-19 cases in the nation, which led to the suspension of flights by Kenya Airways (KQ) to Dubai earlier this month.
KQ said tickets prepaid for travel during the suspension period will be refunded. KQ said that when flights resume, passengers will be able to rebook.
“As per directive from Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), all air transport services with inbound and transit passenger movements to the emirate of Dubai from any point in the Republic of Kenya are temporarily suspended for 48 hours effective from 20 December 2021 at 10.30hrs Local Time Dubai.”
Customers who are the most affected by this decision were told that they could not travel on Emirates flights while those from Dubai were unaffected.
“Customers will not be accepted for travel on Emirates flights at Nairobi during this time. Outbound passenger operations from Dubai to Nairobi remain unaffected.”