The UAE is the first country in the Arab world to be granted a Schengen visa-waiver. Under an EU-UAE agreement, holders of UAE passports have been exempted from visa requirements to enter the Schengen Area for stays of up to 90 days (within any 180-day period). The remaining visa requirements for some EU citizens travelling to the UAE have also been lifted.
This increases personal contacts and offers renewed opportunities for business, tourism, leisure and hospitality both in Europe and in the UAE.
The visa waiver does not apply to Ireland which is not part of the Schengen Area.
UAE citizens are advised to consult the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs or refer to the Embassy of the Schengen Area country they intend to travel to.
For more information, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/index_en.htm
IMPORTANT NOTICE: the EU Delegation in the UAE does not deal with visa and consular matters. These are handled by individual EU countries' embassies and consulates.