Getting a UAE visa is set to become hassle-free with the opening of a dedicated consular and a visa service centre here today.
The centres, which were housed in the UAE embassy earlier, will provide visa services, attestation works and all consular services for Indian nationals and citizens of the UAE who are in India.
Banna batted for enhanced strategic ties with India during the event and termed the prevailing bilateral relations as "historical".
"After the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (to UAE) last August and the visit of his Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (to New Delhi) in February this year, there has been an understanding to look into strengthening that relationship," he said.
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade next year.
UAE is home to around 2.6 million Indians who constitute nearly 30 per cent of its population. It receives around 10,000 visa applications on a monthly basis here.
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