Posted on December 26, 2013


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…so what? Doesn’t the President deserve a break!

Well, here in Ghana it has been hot on the lips of many a folk…comments from wouldn’t it have been nice if our president holidayed here in Ghana to promote Ghanaian tourism to it was a cost saving decision. Even one commentator joked that Ghana’s Harmatten had migrated to Dubai!

For me, it makes sense, a lot of sense. First, it might have been a spur of the moment decision prompted by the increase in the demands of party opportunists beseiging the president for handouts. Well, it’s easy to escape to Dubai and the other United Arab Emirates. Here’s the answer to Do I need a Visa to Enter Dubai ? in short:

“Tourists planning to stay in the United Arab Emirates for 30 days or less may obtain a visitor visa, available at no fee, at the point of entry.”

Did you know it’s not only presidents who travel on the spur of the moment to escape lackies, 40% travellers now decide on destinations within a week of travelling. It’s called spontaneous travel; and given modern lifestyles, it is a growing trend and more and more countries, like the U.A.E. are adapting their visa policies to cash in on this trend.

And why shouldn’t Ghana’s president visit Dubai? It’s a popular destination for Ghana’s commercial elite who make a bee-line to purchase goods for Ghana’s kiosks, boutiques, stalls….

Let’s just hope President Mahama notes the policy and thinks, “Hmmmmm, maybe Ghana’s tourism industry could benefit from SCRAPPING SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA.

and then he might think, “better not suggest it…my idea to convert Castle Osu into a museum didn’t go anywhere.”