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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. Electricians, pipefitters, 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 percent 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 percent. (AFP)
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  • Migara Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:09 AM

    How about Russian and Armanian prostitutes who are flowing to UAE? They are well protected by UAE laws! No degrees in prostitution are needed!

    TC Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:21 AM

    you need to earn the respect man. can't blame the others for what we have earned our selves. if we returned to our home country as proper visitors, i don't think we will have to go through visa trouble at high commissions and embassies.

    Dinithi Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:11 AM

    Ayyo Thambi....what about blessed islamic people in SL?

    Babi Achci Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:09 AM

    They should say from recognized universities.

    devin Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:15 AM

    easy go to India buy a degree and then apply for visa. Very cheap

    but Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:43 AM

    but come to UAE to earn some money and not spend it back here in the UAE.. the structure is such that people who earn here are exposed to so much luxuries that they just spend it all here.. use your brains.. earn some money by coming to UAE.. and then just get back to SL.. There is no place like home!!!

    sam Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:49 AM

    who is talking here?

    Chami Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:18 AM

    Uae getting wast and very expensive

    kolombite Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:32 AM

    If we ourselves look down on dark skin (how many fairness creams do you see here) how can we expect respect from others, Sri Lankans in general are probably the darkest people in Asia.

    Robin Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:07 PM

    A Fernando, Do not expose your stupidity here. Just because you are paid to be their (Arab) slave do not expect everyone to be like you.

    Akbar Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:52 AM should be 'muslims living in India'. An 'Indian muslim' has no loyalty towards India hence he cannot be called an Indian muslim.

    aaks Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:09 PM

    Like your humor. Yet, our politicians still can go there with their diplomatic passports.

    Pramod Fernando Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:03 AM

    Rj, There is a legal procedure to enter the UAE as a labourer. Not by using a " visit visa".

    bab00n Wednesday, 19 September 2012 06:57 AM

    This goes to show our pathetic status as a country in the eyes of the world. We are 3rd world poor country famous for what?? illegal immigrants and low paid coolies. So much for "Ascharya".

    bab00n Wednesday, 19 September 2012 06:59 AM

    Can't blame them. We have dark skin. Dark skin is bad everywhere.

    Ajith Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:02 AM

    Good move to get rid off the Ruffians.....

    Sorry dot com Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:05 AM

    So go someplace else.

    faz Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:18 AM

    If there is an election in UAE, an indian will be the prime minister! Democracy!! without computer jugglery

    Smart Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:41 AM

    You mean "Doctored" rates ??

    Yokoris Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:44 AM

    Do muslims have degrees ? Or is being a muslim a degree ??
    a thousand apologies but it will be hard to find muslims with degrees

    Gam Pappa Thursday, 20 September 2012 07:48 AM

    Sri Lanka cannot be the 1st country, India is already there, where tea makers also have degree.

    hilmi Wednesday, 19 September 2012 08:19 AM

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ANY UNIVERSITY EXISTS IN SRI LANKA FOR masons, farmers, drivers, tailors and cleaners.

    citizen1 Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:00 PM

    Don't forget, our politicians have 'Doctorates' !!

    The Devil Wears Bata Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:11 AM

    Absolutely. That is exactly what I am doing. I earn money for myself and my country, these people have enough of their own.

    dilu Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:17 AM

    patta comment yako..

    IM Indian Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:35 AM

    How many degree certificates you want? We are very professional making such kind of paper works. Ravindran-Kerala-India.

    Rj Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:54 AM

    Who will wash the Emirati dishes and clean their streets? Europeans? Lol

    Gadzooks Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:54 AM

    The UAE ruling speaks tonnes about the reasons why people from the countries mentioned want to go there.

    Sunil de Silva Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:33 AM

    Finally an answer to SB's and Bandula's dream of opening Private Universities. All unemployed graduates, the JVP types and FUTA will get the opportunity to raise dignity of labour by awarding Unversity degrees to masons, drivers, cleaners, housmaids et,al.

    Sri Lanka can be the first country to award such degrees. Well done Dubai.

    Little Johnny Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:02 AM

    Maara dial....

    Cynic Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:55 AM

    What a pity! We won't be able to send our politicians there.

    Larief Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:57 AM

    This kind of ropes are given to Arabs by Indian "Malabari" . 85% of Indian possesses a degree despite the standard of a degree is questionable. its huge advantage for Indians. these are the guys who asks engineering degree when they recruit marketer/sales Manager for Middle East companies specially in Dubai. These stupid standards are set by Indians who got a hold of these companies

    lalitha Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:08 AM

    gosl will copy this and charge degree holders but allow thugs druglords free entry to sl!

    Paisa Must Appah Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:03 PM

    Lots of Sri lankans will

    Lakith Peenis Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:13 PM

    Like the Malabe one?

    weha Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:25 AM

    Good move

    Saman Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:06 AM

    Quite a intelligent Question ! ? Answer is That relative can sponcer as a visitor / but not as a tourist !

    kumara Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:33 AM

    there is no issue with the work visa. but only issue for visit visa.if you want to visit as a Tourists please visit to other country where the most tourist are visit. why we are planing to go UAE. look for some other place ,

    23a Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:15 AM

    Who would go and wash dishes with a degree.

    Alleric Fernando Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:43 AM

    Very good move people who go there to work ,complain so much about Arabs .but these people love to work there if the muslims are bad why do they go there in thousands from Sri Lanka..very good move Arab nation.dont take these people from Sri Lanka.even with there fake degrees ...these guys ain't worth to work in those blessed countries.

    subbiah Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:50 AM

    If a non-degree holder wants to visit a close relative who is hospitalized, what can he/she do?

    Hoodie Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:52 AM

    No matter what Degree you have , the immigration officers will always treat you like cattle when you get to the counter as soon as they see your passport.

    Roger Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:59 AM

    Well people with legal work permits readdddddddddddddddd??????????

    amir Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:23 AM

    dont talk like fool. let me tell you politicians such as rauf hakeem , rishad budiudeen has law degrees. i am a muslim and i have 7 doctors in my family . and my self is a charted accountant. there are many muslims with degrees but bear in mind that muslims in sri lanka is only 9 %

    Roger Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:02 AM

    Totally agree with the State of UAE

    Siripala Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:42 AM

    The Srilankan passport holder whether he is an engineer,doctor or a university don is treated as dirt by those uneducated immigration officials in the middle east countries

    VJ Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:51 AM

    Sri Lankan's with degree's can teach some common sense to the Arabs with no brains. why go there go to other Asian countries, there is nothing to see no history, no culture white robe mudalali's with out any brains.

    Lankawick Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:11 AM

    DONT go and spend your hard earned Arab
    nations...where we are treated like animals...while the Arabs
    look up to the "White" people...

    Want a Vacation...visit Singapore....NO visa needed...
    or friendly Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos - Myanmar - Thailand - etc...
    Boycott any nation...that do not respect Sri Lanka Passport.

    A Sri Lankan Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:59 AM

    This is a wake up call to all Sri Lankans hoping to find employment in the middle east. It will not be easy to find employment without proper qualifications and those who are already employed are requested to provide copies of University Degrees or any other professional qualifications to renew resident visa for some categories of employment. These Governments are all out to reduce marginal work force and now it appears the same is extended for tourist visa's.

    dan Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:02 AM

    can save our women from those pervert arabs

    kamal Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:53 AM

    They are talking about tourists my friend.........

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