Chinese visitors to the United Arab Emirates will now be granted visas on arrival.
A burgeoning and increasingly prosperous Chinese middle class has prompted the move, with more Chinese travelling abroad than ever before.
“We have approved a decision to grant visas on arrival at the country’s airports to visitors from the People’s Republic of China,” said Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.
“Our relations with China are strategic and a priority.”
Chinese tourists previously had to obtain visas before travelling to the UAE.
In February, officials said 450,000 Chinese visitors made the trip to Dubai in 2015, in a 29 per cent increase over the previous year.