UAE telco Etisalat launches package for transit passengers

Last year, the UAE government announced that will grant free transit visas for 48 hours to passengers



UAE telecoms operator Etisalat has launched a new package for transit passengers at UAE airports.

Priced at Dhs50, the ‘transit pack’ offers transit passengers 1GB data and 10 flexi minutes valid for 48 hours.

Passengers can buy the package from Etisalat’s authorised partners at UAE airports and borders after fulfilling the regulatory and mobile registration requirements, a statement said.

The launch follows the UAE government’s decision to grant free transit visas for 48 hours to passengers transiting through the country’s airports, it added.

Khaled Elkhouly, chief consumer officer at Etisalat, said: “We are delighted to offer transit passengers an affordable and tailored package that caters to their needs for their 48-hour stay. This special package is part of our ongoing efforts to provide top-notch benefits to all our customer segments.”

Last year, the UAE cabinet approved a new visa policy allowing all transit passengers an exemption from entry fees for a 48-hour visit.

The visa can be purchased at passport control halls across UAE airports and extended for up to 96 hours for Dhs50 ($14).

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Tourism is a key pillar of the UAE’s diversification plans and has been a growing focus area for government authorities in each of the seven emirates.

In recent years, the government has granted Russian and Chinese passport holders visas on arrival under efforts to boost tourist numbers.

Read: UAE to grant visas on arrival to Russian visitors

Both Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport have been positioned as regional hubs for international passengers connecting to onward destinations around the world.

Tapping into this traffic has become an increasing priority as cities like Dubai strive to attract millions more tourists in the coming years.