Karachi, 29 November 2021 (TDI): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has opened a new visa center in Karachi on 28th November. This is a major diplomatic development for both countries as the center is Asia’s largest visa center.

UAE’s Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and Sindh Governor, Imran Ismail, attended the inauguration ceremony. Additionally, UAE’s Consul General in Karachi, Dr. Saleem Al Khadim Al Dhanani, media, and business personnel were also present on the occasion.

Governor Sindh’s Remarks

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail congratulated the people of both countries on this significant development. He also thanked the government of the UAE for opening the visa center.

Pointing towards the cordial diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Governor remarked that UAE is one of the largest economic and trade partners of Pakistan. In a tweet, he said Pakistan and UAE have further augmented relations with the inauguration of the visa center.

Moreover, he lauded UAE for hosting Expo 2020 Dubai. He said that participation in the expo has enabled Pakistan to strengthen its economic ties with UAE other countries in various sectors including trade, investment, energy, and others.

Remarks of UAE’s Minister 

UAE’s Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, expressed satisfaction over the existing state of relations between the two countries. He said the government of the UAE is fully committed to facilitating and easing the visa process for Pakistanis.

Remarks of UAE Consul General 

Moreover, UAE’s Consul General in Karachi, Dr. Saleem Al Khadim Al Dhanani, lauded the deep-rooted historical ties between both countries. He said that the visa center is one of the biggest in Asia and aims at improving customer service.

It will provide all the services in line with international standards. The center will also issue visas to facilitate the entry of Pakistanis into the UAE through electronic gates at the ports.

It is pertinent to mention here that more than 1.6 million Pakistanis reside in UAE. These expatriates work in various public and private sectors. This diaspora is playing a constructive role in enhancing relations between the two countries. It is also crucial for the country’s economy with remittances accounting for $4billion.

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