CAPTION: Members of the Fijian Community give their best on stage.
The Fijian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates capital city of Abu Dhabi has been receiving an increasing number of interests from both locals and foreign nationals living and working in the UAE, most of whom have plans for a well-deserved holiday in Fiji including business entrepreneurs and foreign investors alike .
Since its opening in September 2012, by Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, the Embassy has also embarked on several marketing and promotional campaigns , the most recent being the participation of the Embassy and the Fijian community in Al Ain at the India Fest held in Abu Dhabi which had attracted hundreds of people and was also beamed live on popular India TV station Zee TV.
The participation of the Embassy together with the Fijian community in such events further helps generate interests amongst the public and television viewers in the UAE including the neighboring Gulf regions. It also helps promote Fiji both as an ideal and prestigious tourist destination together with the prospects the country has to offer as the business hub and commercial crossroad s of the Pacific.
For Surgeon and UAE resident , Dr Ansari Harris Muzammil and his young family, the opportunity to travel and work in Fiji couldn’t have come at the right time adding that the establishment of the Fijian Embassy in the UAE was certainly a positive decision by the Fijian government.
“ The staff was indeed very friendly, helpful and considerate and due to the lack of information about Fiji, I came to know very late that I needed a visa to travel to Fiji to take up my new employment and after explaining the situation, they not only facilitated me but also expedited the processing of my visa application, and it took less than eight days” Dr Harris said.
With the signing of the Double Taxation agreement last year, together with regular flight routes available, and the continuous promotion of Fiji through the Embassy in the UAE, the prospects of more locals and foreign nationals travelling to Fiji certainly looks more promising.
Fiji being the hub of the Pacific, has everything that a spectacular tropical paradise has to offer, from private island resort accommodations, top class restaurants to white sandy beaches, inbound tours, jet boat rides, hot air balloon rides, mountain trekking, inland tours, eco- tourism, sky diving, helicopter rides, cruise trips, scuba diving, massage and beauty parlors, vibrant night life and a lot more than any other destination in the world offers.