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UAE denies reports of banning visit visas for Pakistani citizens

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UAE has denied reports of banning the visit visas for Pakistani citizens of certain cities. A piece of news circulated on social media claimed that UAE has banned visit visas for citizens belonging to certain cities.

UAE authorities called the news fake. The country said it has not banned or blacklisted the issuance of visas for Pakistani citizens.

“We have seen the reports. We can confirm that no such ban is in place by UAE for the issuance of visas to Pakistani citizens,” says a Foreign Office spokesperson.

Consulate General of the UAE Karachi Bakheet Ateeq Al Remeithi said that no such ban had been placed on the issuance of visas.

UAE, however, revised the visa guidelines last month. Pakistani passengers with a single name on their passports will not be allowed to enter the Emirate.

“The UAE government has revised the naming guidelines for allowing entry in the Emirates. As per the guideline update, passengers holding passports with [only] a single name and no other name – including, father name/family name – will not be accepted,” Serene Air said.

Read more: Pakistan dedicated to improving ties with UAE: PM

On the other hand, Pakistan has expressed its resolve to further develop its ties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in all areas of mutual interest, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

He discussed these ideas with UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi on Friday. According to him, Pakistan and the UAE have had strong fraternal connections for 50 years that are based on shared values, beliefs, and cultures. The UAE was Pakistan’s biggest trading partner in the Middle East and a significant source of investment.

Al-Zaabi has visited the flood-affected areas in Pakistan frequently and has taken a serious interest in providing help to the country. It was recalled by sources that the ambassador’s efforts led to assistance for Pakistan from other nations besides just the UAE.