The United Arab Emirates on Monday introduced a multiple-entry visa scheme valid for five years for all nationalities, with the aim of turning the Gulf state into a tourism hub. Also Read - Indian Tourists Can Now Travel To Malaysia Visa-Free, All Year Round In 2020

“#UAE Cabinet chaired by @HHShkMohd approves new amendment for tourist visas in #UAE,” the government of Dubai Media Office tweeted, referring to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE prime minister, and ruler of Dubai. Also Read - Krystle D'Souza's 'Yacht Night' in Dubai Raises The Bar For Travel Goals, Fans Take Note!

“The new tourist visa will be valid for 5 years and can be used for multiple entries and is open for all nationalities,” the Dubai Media Office wrote. Also Read - Keep a Low Profile, Avoid Conflict Areas: US Issues Another Travel Advisory For Tourists

Sheikh Maktoum said on Twitter that the UAE currently attracts 21 million tourists a year.

Travellers from Africa, some South American countries, Arab states outside the Gulf, and European states from outside the European Union and the former Soviet Union previously needed visas.

In October, Dubai is to host Expo 2020, a big-budget global trade fair.