The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has officially ended the visa ban that had been imposed on Nigerian travelers since 2022. This move comes after a period of restrictions during which nationals from several African countries, including Nigeria, were prohibited from entering Dubai, the UAE’s capital city.
The decision to lift the ban came as a result of a high-level meeting between President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria and Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, in Abu Dhabi. This meeting culminated in a historic agreement between the two leaders.
According to a statement released by Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, as part of this landmark agreement, both Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines will promptly resume their flight schedules into and out of Nigeria.
Importantly, this restoration of flight activities will not entail any immediate financial obligations on the part of the Nigerian government.
The statement went on to highlight the economic significance of the agreement, emphasizing that it paves the way for substantial investments into the Nigerian economy.
These investments, amounting to several billions of U.S. dollars, will span various sectors, including defense, agriculture, and others. These investments will be facilitated by the investment arms of the UAE government.
Furthermore, President Tinubu successfully negotiated a joint foreign exchange liquidity program between the two nations. The details of this program will be disclosed in the coming weeks.
President Tinubu expressed his appreciation for the UAE President, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, commending his unwavering friendship and commitment to resetting and enhancing the relationship between these two significant countries to a level of excellence.