DUBAI: The Dubai authorities have dismissed as mere rumours some media reports that UAE has suspended visit visa for Pakistanis.

There were reports in some segments of Pakistani media that the UAE General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs has issued a notification suspending issuance of UAE visas for Pakistanis.

A fake notice which is going viral across the country states that the UAE immigration authorities have temporarily suspended issuance of UAE visa for Pakistanis, and that only those can travel who have already obtained visas.

The rumour was set off by a mainstream media channel while quoting Travel Agents Association of Pakistan chairman, Naeem Sharif, who said the visa service has been suspended until further notice.

He had claimed that visa restrictions have been imposed for Pakistanis only.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs of Dubai has denied these rumours, according to the Khaleej Times.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, the GDRFA said “visitors from Pakistan are welcome to enter Dubai after obtaining a visa. The situation is normal.”

Visitors have been advised not to fall for rumours and always verify news with official UAE/Dubai government agencies, the official said.

The rumours came as the New Year is just round the corner, and people from all across the world are getting ready to fly in to Dubai to witness the magnificent celebrations.

The rumours seem to be an attempt to dampen the festive spirits viral in Pakistan, home of close to a million expats in the UAE.