Anonymous asked in TravelAfrica & Middle EastUnited Arab Emirates · 1 decade ago

Why doesn't the UAE fulfill the requirements of the visa waiver program?

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I know that countries have to fulfill certain requirements to become a member of VWP (member countries are approved by the US Congress).

Where/why the UAE, Qatar and Oman don't fulfill the requirements (from an American view)?

How many terror acts were carried out by Emiratis? Where any terrorists ever trained in the UAE? Isn't the UAE sharing security-related data with the United States? Are the UAE not maintaining high counterterrorism, law enforcement, border control, and document security standards?

If terrorists would be trained in the UAE like in Pakistan - I would understand.

If the UAE would be a 3rd world country and Emiratis would be eager to reloacte somewhere else - I would understand.

The reasons Emiratis visiting the US are to study, for medical reason or vacation (to spend their money).

Can any of you see any reason why Emiratis are not able to obtain a visa up on arrival in Western countries? In the UAE it's even not possible that "want to be" terrorists become UAE citizen like it's possible in Western countries.

Any inputs/ideas?

Btw: Qatar changed it's visa rules since May 1st:))


@Born to be: if you can't answer the question - don't waste your time. Btw: Persia doesn't exist no more:))

9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Border controls, document security standards, law enforcement, economical stability do not matter! What matters is that the UAE are located in the Middle East! The Middle East [excluding Israel which is located at the Mediterranean Sea in the eyes of the USA, which is also the reason why Israel participates in the Europeam Soccer Championship and the European Cup] means Arabs for the US fellow citizen, and Arabs are synonym for terrorism and this synonym is needed to get approval and US people's acceptance for higher military budgets. These budgets require a concept of enemy and since the iron curtain and thus the USSR do not serve as enemy any longer, and since there is no more cold war, a different enemy is required for maintaining the enemey concept. This enemy is terrorism and Arabs are the US-made synonym for terrorism. How would they explain to their people that the UAE are not part of this picture which they wish to convey to the average American. That would be too complex and expensive. They do not bother to make differences between individuals, nations nor ethnic groups. All in all it's 'Arabs' for them and their excuse for higher budgets.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Maybe for a starter, UAE should try and use the correct name: Persian Gulf.

    That would be a good start.

    EDIT: This could be a very good reason why UAE is not included in the visa waiver program. How do you know it's not a good reason?

    It's true that "Persia" does not exist any more, but the Persian people still exist.

    Do you realize that "Persian" is an ethnic group, just like "Arab"?

    So by ignoring the term "Persian" you people are offending a huge amount of people with Persian heritage.

    Iranian = Nationality

    Persian = Ethnicity

    Does that make any sense to you?

    @tin m: I gave a decent answer to why I think UAE is not a part of the program. Have you got a problem with that, Patrick?

  • 1 decade ago


    I have absolutely no idea.

    I live here as a british expat, and i must say its harder to be a terrorist here than anywhere else. The punishment is very strong (very good) for terrorist activities. In the UK i swear any threat to national security does not hold any significant punishment.

    Well, the truth is it must be the freezing of Islam in the west. Its not a particularly well understood religion where i come from, but as i've lived out here i've seen my fair share of peace and equality.

    Many US congressmen haven't, and thats a shame.

    And i do find that of all the places in the East, qatar andthe uae and abu dhabi (yey!) seem the most westernised, especially amongst emiratis.

    'Locals' where i live are deemed the wealthiest and most socially powerful in AD. Links with the US and oil are incredibly important, which just adds to my confusion.

    Source(s): If you find an answer, please post lol! Thanks
  • Mahesh
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    The US has been paranoid about security and will continue to do so. One of the main reasons could be the 9/11 attacks.

    Reputation can get tarnished by isolated incidents and the 9/11 incident was not isolated. It was a planned exercise that involved international terror groups. Why do you allow them to come here without getting a Visa prior to approval. Maybe, if you had done that in retrospect, Mahmood Al Mabouh would still be alive.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Pakistan, india, UAE, Saudi Arabia what ever country you are form; US treat them same as what explanation you have given in your question does not make any difference for US.

    The sad part of the story is that even (as per your statement) terrorist are trained in Pakistan not in UAE but no Pakistani national was involved in 9/11; they all were arabs (sadly).

    US has their own policy for immigration so we can not do anything and if you wanna go to US you have to adhere their procedure as any pakistani, indian or saudi have to go through.

  • WOrD
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    also consider UAE citizens population is very small (850 thousand only) and only a small fraction go visit & study in US for whatever reason (4000 is it?) , there are more Americans benefiting from UAE entry visas & work visas than Emiratis. Even in terms of immigration to US the UAE has one of the lowest rates. What is 4000 UAE citizens per year going to change in a 300 million people country like US that gets 50 million visitors per year. They almost have no effect at all. And it is not like they can't keep track of them. So that is not a good reason the ambassador said , but I am guessing the reason is perhaps such change could make other GCC countries interested / demand same treatment, and the US does not want to be in that situation . However, former US President Bill Clinton said some very positive things about UAE recently...

    Britain used to let in UAE citizens without a visa until late 90's I think afterward they started mandatory visa for UAE citizens, but UAE did not do the same for British citizens.I am not sure , may be you know more , but for Germany there is a 2 year multiple entry visa in UAE.

    I suppose these things should be reciprocal based on how equal treatment applies. Not just in visas but in other things such as drivers license transfer and so on (US does not transfer UAE license, UAE does transfer US license . for citizens of course)

    The education system in UAE is a 12 year for high school graduation , and I think same goes for Europe. (this means things like collage sciences & math etc is taken in high school in UAE while that is a 2 year collage class in US). Yet they will make the UAE student there retake all those in first year or 2 of collage , while a European friend told me they let him skip those 2 years , which I don't get because both UAE & Europe are 12 year school systems (as opposed to the US 9 year high-school graduate). Perhaps the blame is on UAE Education Ministry for wasting our time with subjects they are going to make you retake many times anyway , and even local UAE collages started demanding 2 year pre-collage which is nonsense to make students take the same stuff over and over, and some even fail & drop out for no reason other than being sick of it, or no longer have the money if this is a private collage.

    The gist of it is that it is all about money and business and making the poor get poorer and the rich can buy anything they want including a collage degree.

    @Born to be

    typical OFF TOPIC answer from you , who asked you about that Spongebob!


    that is what THEY SAY , it is not proven that he was one of the HIjackers, it only proves he died on that plane with the rest of the passengers. They only added him to the Hijackers list because his name sounded Arab or Muslim and those investigators can't tell the difference and think any Arab on the plane must be part of whatever group did the act.


    So what if they were Arabs , they were NOT born and raised in UAE , and not all were Arabs even. Khalid Shaik Mohammad which they keep showing his picture is Pakistani,(not an Arab born in Pakistan neither). I am just correcting your information.

    And even the couple with UAE passports don't prove anything. After all the Mosad got Irish and British passports to assassinate Mabhouh , can we blame British or Irish people... Also this does not excuse US for not stopping and arresting the hijackers since it was inside US jurisdiction not in UAE jurisdiction . It is really illogical to blame UAE for something that took place on US soil and under the eyes and ears of US law enforcement & FBI /CIA /NSA who were supposed to be watching for such acts after threats were made by ubl himself on tv.

  • 1 decade ago

    it is sad to say that Muslims are not United thats the main reason.

    and muslims should learn from Western society how they help each other the best example is Greece economy help.

  • 1 decade ago

    Do what Qatar did!

    It should be reciprocal.

    edit: agree with fari447.

    Source(s): tit for tat
  • 1 decade ago

    Simple really! TRUST

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