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University degree a must to visit UAE

Published Sep 18, 2012 09:16am


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An aerial view of The Palm Jumeirah is seen in Dubai, August 31, 2012. Tourism grew rapidly in the UAE, especially in the glitzy emirate of Dubai, where the number of tourists increased to 9.3 million in 2011, up 10 per cent from the previous year. —Reuters Photo

DUBAI: Tourists from South Asian countries that export labour to the UAE will require a university degree to get a visa as the rich Gulf state fights an illegal influx, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Electricians, pipe fitters, masons, farmers, drivers, tailors and cleaners from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines are now banned from obtaining a tourist visa, Gulf News daily said citing a senior immigration official.

The new measure sets a university degree as a prerequisite to obtain a visa, the official said.

“The Federal Residency Department... has decided to adopt stricter regimes for tourist, visit and conference visas to curb the influx of blue-collar workers from many labour exporting countries,” said the official.

“This would help significantly reduce the risk that individuals engaged in organised crime or the trafficking of persons could gain entry to the country,” he said.

Tourist visas are usually arranged through hotels or airlines and travel agents.

Tourism grew rapidly in the UAE, especially in the glitzy emirate of Dubai, where the number of tourists increased to 9.3 million in 2011, up 10 per cent from the previous year.

The UAE has millions of foreign workers, mostly from South Asian countries.

The expat-dominated population is estimated to have grown to around 8.2 million by the end of 2010, with UAE nationals making up only 11.47 per cent.

Comments (41) Closed

Qamar Sep 19, 2012 12:57am
It means that half the labor population automatically qualify for higher wages and visas, (wishful thinking) my main concern is their welfare It's a pitty to see so many educated people accept menial jobs.
Amir Sep 18, 2012 11:23pm
This is a shame for a Muslim country to treat their poor neighbors like that. Sheikhs are already exploiting our people (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh) giving them very low wages and providing them with inhuman living conditions. My understanding is no body can live in these countries illegally because one has to be sponsored by someone who has a steady job in one of these states and sooner or later they will get the illegal person out. A true Muslim will/must share his wealth with his poor neighbors.
Shahrukh Khan Sep 18, 2012 11:12pm
Imagine if Pakistan has the law to be a president of Pakistan you need to have a degree? nah even then you I am sure you know how to do muq mukkka with opposition parties lolzzzzzzzz
G.A. Sep 18, 2012 12:20pm
As if it would be a problem to get fake degrees in this country. Even some ministers got fake degrees to hold office in Pakistan. These Gulf countries come up with the weirdest laws one can think of and makes you wonder if their ministers have university degrees themselves.
Kashif Sep 18, 2012 08:32pm
Yes, you can if you obtain degree from Monticello University that award PhD to Babar Awan after payment of US$500.
Hassham Sep 18, 2012 10:18am
Yea, this is because they recently found numerous illegal people working here on such visas; making life difficult for the legal tourists/ visitors
M Haroon Jamshed Sep 18, 2012 12:33pm
Makes absolutely no sense. Yes, Dubai has illegal immigrant problem but does that mean an uneducated person cannot visit Dubai with family! There are many businessmen and businesswomen in South Asia who are very rich and can afford a leisure trip to Dubai but do not have a university degree.
Akhter Husain Sep 18, 2012 07:00pm
Illegal immigrants are encouraged in many countries because the employers get not only the cheap labours but they can easily be made to work like slaves at low wages.Is it really the fear of increased organised crime or there is some other reason such as locals are skilled enough now and available to handle these jobs. What ever the reason ,the Pakistanis will find ways and means to enter UAE without much problems if they make up their mind..I am sure that they are not targeting any community for the ban on skilled labours.Just a piece of advice.The educated people are better equipped to organize crimes.
Ajay Sep 18, 2012 10:47am
I wonder if the so called western nations start doing it ..there will be violence and a big wave of anti Semitic anti western wave ...please don't justify it..these countries fortunately had some oil due to Western people discovery other wise would have still been herders and shepherd and happy with goats camels...and donkey..:)
syed Sep 18, 2012 04:21pm
UAE law makers will have to take back the law.
janaan Sep 18, 2012 02:56pm
dubai should implement this law right away. get the all the workers out of the country and wait for master degree holder labour to apply for work in Dubai. .......hahahahahahahaha
ali Sep 18, 2012 04:20pm
This law is actually been framed to stop Pakistani politicians from entering the UAE.
Cyrus Howell Sep 18, 2012 03:17pm
Not to worry. University degrees will be on sale at the airport and in Nigeria.
Cyrus Howell Sep 18, 2012 03:18pm
If you follow the rules you can't.
Ahmed Khan Sep 18, 2012 05:57pm
I salute your sense of humour, sir!
Asif Ali Zardari Sep 18, 2012 02:24pm
So... that means I can't go then?
Akeel R Sep 18, 2012 03:10pm
Good one.. :)
Ali Sep 18, 2012 03:11pm
How about Swiss?
wise_guy Sep 18, 2012 05:27pm
Its so easy to obtain a fake degree. Arabs are really foolish to implement such kind of policy
Rizwan Sep 18, 2012 11:43am
this only means more "side business" for registrar's office at Karachi University! LOL
Rev. Eldrick Lal Sep 18, 2012 03:49pm
It means they only want westerns at this time. they have enough people from south-east asia and far east asia. This is a better way to stop the immigrants from asia.
Zeeshan Sep 18, 2012 03:44pm
Excellent point!
Ali Ammar Sep 19, 2012 04:01am
SPot on RIZWAN.... :)
Mustafa Razavi Sep 19, 2012 12:12am
Ajay; Your jealousy is a little off the topic, but Arab countries, even without oil, for instance Jordan, Syria, Lebanon or Tunisia, still have a higher per capita GDP than India.
mc duffy Sep 18, 2012 01:17pm
then im sure they can also afford any european country
Ahmed Rehan Sep 18, 2012 05:34pm
UAE authorities please answer Mr. Asif Ali Zardari's query...!!
Bill Gates Sep 18, 2012 03:55pm
Hey I am a college dropout, I guess i wont be visiting Dubai anytime soon.....I would never go to Dubai, its nothing but ugly desert, I would rather go to Turkey or Syria, Lebanon, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Morrocco etc.
Saad (DXB) Sep 18, 2012 03:55pm
Dude read the news carefully.. The ban is only for Electricians, pipe fitters, masons, farmers, drivers, tailors and cleaners.. The businessmen and women won't fall into this category
K Khan Sep 18, 2012 05:04pm
Does adminsitration and immigration officer at airport have university degree too? Very funny?
citizen Sep 20, 2012 01:29am
They don't have degrees even here in West.
Shah Sep 18, 2012 12:57pm
I agree with this new policy and I appreciate...Cool...
Deep Ranjan Sep 19, 2012 07:43am
Well concluded! Based on what logic and number?
anees Sep 19, 2012 07:34am
You don't have to say anything about that. They are their OWN people and THEy alone will decide about it?
Iqbal khan Sep 19, 2012 07:31am
Dubai ruler is very obsessed with white skin this is yet another way to stop brown people coming to Dubai.
Haider Sep 19, 2012 07:11am
shubs Sep 19, 2012 07:06am
Not many people live in the middle of a desert my friend.
S.Islam Sep 19, 2012 06:43am
Wanting Educated Immigrants
KhanChangezKhan Sep 19, 2012 06:40am
Any type of law, justified or injustified, can developed countries impose because they are rich. If the similar law imposed for the rich countries by the poor or under developing countries then what would be the reactions of rich countries? What UAE imposed is unjustified and completely unacceptable. It will provide the access to the millions of jobless degree holders whereas millions non-degree holders are rich businessmen and businesswomen will be disable to get access for their business.
Wanderer Sep 19, 2012 05:01am
Very an absurd step by UAE Govt.
mosa Sep 19, 2012 04:47am
hahahaha u are right.. it will be a very good side business :-)
Aahmed Sep 19, 2012 04:26am
Interesting. 90% or even more of the western expats in uae do not have degrees.