Turkey is planning to exempt 50 countries from visa entry, which is already applied to many Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, as part of the government’s ambitious policy to open Turkey to the Islamic world.
Kamil Eren, Turkish businessman and former chairman of the Saudi-Turkish Business Council said to Arab News that Turkey has one of the highest growing economies in the World and would like to leverage its strength on the model of Davos.
Eren, who owns companies that employ Saudis said the Turkish economy ranks 15th now in the world.
For this reason Turkey will open up to all Islamic countries and to this region by waiving the visa requirement for many countries such as Jordan, Libya and Lebanon and Russia.
This will also boost tourism since there are many flights from Atatürk Airport. Istanbul is also connected to more than 90 countries and 200 cities and lies at the center of Asia. Europe and Africa. Istanbul is the most attractive city with historical sites, Bosphorus, amusement parks, landscape, hotels, and restaurants. Istanbul has the best hospitals in the region specialized in every field.
The reason for the shift in emphasis on the Gulf region is that this region is strong economically with almost $ 2 trillion floating in its economy.
Eren observed: “Now imagine 70 percent of Turkish is foreign and only 20 percent are coming from Islamic country that means we are not doing our home work very well. It was very easy to blame others until this government came because earlier Turkish government looked at Arab countries as second-class states. But now with Islamic government in power, things are changing. And now we are considering them as guests and so on. The government has said these people should invest here and should not need any visa to come here. Like Saudis when they go there, at the airport they can get visa in less than one minute.”
He said they are also doing the same for another 50 countries, which don’t need visas, like for the Japanese. Three months ago the government said some friendly countries can buy properties in Turkey without any restriction.