In their 40th meeting held in Muscat, Oman, the Interior Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have unanimously approved the implementation of a unified Gulf tourist visa. This decision marks a joint effort among the Gulf nations to simplify tourism across their borders.
Jasem Albudaiwi, the GCC Secretary-General, highlighted that the go-ahead for the unified tourist visa system, scheduled within a specific timeframe, demonstrates an improved level of collaboration among the Gulf states.
Additionally, the ministers backed the creation of an electronic system linking traffic violations, aiming to improve administrative efficiency and ensure smoother traffic management in the region.
Albudaiwi emphasized the GCC countries’ recognition at regional and international levels for their efforts in addressing security concerns. He stressed the importance of maintaining robust national security measures in every way possible and mentioned, “Making these accomplishments requires securing a high level of national security, and ensuring the deterrence of any threats that may impede the region’s development.”
Expressing concern about the growing threat of illegal drugs, Albudaiwi praised various national initiatives across GCC nations aimed at tackling this issue. He emphasized the need for a unified strategy covering prevention, control, and treatment to combat drug spread, especially among the youth.
Albudaiwi concluded by highlighting the essential role of collective action and cooperation in effectively addressing the complex challenge of drug abuse within GCC countries. He suggested that a unified approach is crucial for safeguarding the well-being and future of the region’s youth.