A Luxury “platinum” VIP VISA service to UK: The UK has launched a platinum visa application service in the UAE wherein the customers applying for a VISA to the UK need not visit the UK visa application center to apply for a visa. Instead, a team from the application center would travel to the location of the applicant and complete the visa application process. The cost of this luxury visa application service begins at AED 4500. Another luxury service available to visa applicants is the “Platinum lounge”. Visa applicants to the UK can visit these lounges where a team would complete their application process at their private booth instead of waiting for long hours in the queue at the UK visa application center. The Platinum lounge is located at WAFI Mall, Dubai and the cost of this service begins at AED 2600.
Lord Mayor of London visits the UAE: The Lord Mayor of London’ Square Mile, Jeffery Mountevans led a business delegation in the UAE from the 22nd to the 26th of this month. With this trip, the Lord Mayor expected to strengthen trade bonds between the UK and the UAE in the Long run.
Nigerian President visits the UAE: The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited the UAE and took part in the World Future Energy Summit that took place from 16th to the 19th of January. The Nigerian president’s visit to the UAE is deemed historic for two reasons; President Buhari is the first Nigerian president to make an official visit to the UAE since the 1980’s and a Mutual Legal Assistance agreement was signed. The Nigerian would now have the assistance of the UAE government in its war against corruption and to capture criminals who have looted wealth and money from Nigeria to be brought to justice. The President also met with Business delegates from the UAE as the UAE is a potential market for Nigerian export in the near future.
World Future Energy Summit: The World Future Energy Summit that took place in the UAE had a gathering of more than 30,000 delegates from 170 different countries. An event attempting to make clean and sustainable energy a global reality, the Summit had speakers from various countries sharing their expertise in the field of sustainable energy.
Two UAE universities were among the top twenty universities in the Middle East. The American university of Sharjah and The Federal University in Al Ain were 12th and 15th place respectively. The rankings were based on the number of International students, faculty and the amount of research published.