UAE imposes visa ban on 13 mostly Muslim countries, as Israelis allowed in freely
The United Arab Emirates has halted issuing new visas for the citizens of 13 mostly Muslim countries from the Middle East and Africa following the UAE’s normalization deal with Israel.
The UAE visa ban targeting the African and Middle-Eastern nations, comes as the UAE welcomes Israeli tourists for the first time in history.
The new ban affects potential immigrants from Kenya, Somalia, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Turkey and Pakistan.
In the past several months, Israel has signed accords to normalize ties with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan, the first Arab states to do so in decades.
Until this year’s accords, Egypt and Jordan were the only Arab states to establish ties with Israel after signing peace accords in 1979 and 1994, respectively.
The normalization deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital. They say the deals ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.