KARACHI: The United Arab Emirates has claimed that it would open Asia’s biggest visa centre in Karachi in the coming months.
This was revealed by the UAE’s Ambassador Hamad Obaid Alzaabi during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Saturday.
He also said that a facilitating centre would open in Islamabad by October which will perform all functions. The visa centre in Karachi, however, would be operational by September.
“Everything will be here, including medical insurance, check-ups and contracts etc, to facilitate visa issuance from the visa centre in Karachi which will be the biggest visa centre of Asia while the entire team for this Visa Centre at Khayaban-i-Shamsheer in Karachi will come from the UAE,” read a statement from the KCCI after Mr Alzaabi’s visit.
Chairman of Businessmen Group and former president of KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, KCCI president Junaid Esmail Makda, senior vice president Khurram Shahzad, vice president Asif Sheikh Javaid were the participants who attended a meeting with the UAE officials at the KCCI.
The ambassador said that he had visited many cities in Pakistan that included Faisalabad, Sialkot, Lahore, Peshawar, South Waziristan and Quetta. However, he said that when it comes to Karachi, the people are different there as regards to their nature, culture and other aspects.
Mr Alzaabi said that the UAE government was now issuing the Silver Investment Visa for five years and Golden Investment Visa for 10 years, depending on the criterion for different businesses.