Check this article out from the Gulf News.
Since the issue of the visa runner is a very sensitive one, and with the UAE government very precarious about allowing people between visas to stay in the UAE, a special Immigration zone should be formed.
This will basically be a number of fully enclosed secured areas, visa-wise not considered part of the UAE therefore allowing anyone to enter it even if he/she does not have visas. It is basically a free city. They should be situated near airports and with budget accomodation, facilities, an immigration office and a secured train that will go to the regional airport. Once the visa issue is sorted out, the entrant can leave the SIZ (Special Immigration Zone) and proceed to his work.
The benefits behind this are:
- Cutting back on the effort needed by applicants to renew the visas, a drive to the SIZ with a few days stay being easier than having to fly to Kish and back.
- Allowing them close contacts with anyone that would help them in their visa process. Their companies, their governments, the UAE Government.
- Ensuring that funds that would otherwise go into the pockets of Ahmedinjad's corrupt social services programs would go into the UAE economy.
- This city being a totally visa-free zone could develop into something of its own.
It is imperative that the government provide an Emirati solution to an Emirati problem. Allowing these people to rot in Kish is not the answer.