A man reads Aramco’s twitter page at a coffee shop in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. South Africa’s recent decision to add the UAE to its visa waiver list reflects the strengthening relations between the two countries. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

JOHANNESBURG –  South Africa’s recent decision to add the UAE to its visa waiver list reflects the strengthening relations between the two countries, as well as the commitment of both governments to take cultural and economic ties to the next level. 
This important development has actually been years in the making. Just over three years ago, Dubai Chamber led a trade mission to South Africa where Chamber officials made several recommendations for removing trade barriers between the UAE and South Africa, including easing procedures for tourist visas, updating existing legislation and opening new economic sectors for foreign investors. 
The trade mission established an important platform for UAE-South Africa dialogue which laid the groundwork for this strategic move that will very likely result in a boon for bilateral trade and investment. 

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