In a strong move to further strengthen the bilateral ties between India and UAE, the first Indian with a valid US visa has been allowed to avail UAE's visa-on-arrival facility when he arrived at Dubai on Monday.

And announcing his arrival was an instragram post by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (Dubai), who announced the arrival of the Indian on the first day of the activation of the facility. The decision of allowing Indians with a valid US passport or in possession of a green card to enter UAE with visa on arrival was already taken in March. 

Under this new development, the ordinary passport holders from India with US visa or a green card with a six-month validity can enter the country from anywhere for a period of 14 days and can have a a one-time extension of the same period. India is UAE's second largest strategic partner and trade between the two countries amount to $60 billion a year. Moreover, 143 daily flights are operated between the two countries. The number of Indians visiting UAE in 2016 accounted for 1.6 million and close to 50,000 UAE tourists have visited India in 2016. 

Thus, this move not only strengthens the ties between India and UAE, but also bestows the latter with a global status as a tourist and economic hub.