A top UAE official denied Wednesday reports that the Gulf state had toughened visa rules for tourists from labour-exporting South Asians nations banning low-income visitors.

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UAE nationals only make up around 11.5 percent of the country’s population. Photo by Nitin Badhwar.

General Nasser al-Menhali, assistant undersecretary for Nationality and Residency at the interior ministry said no changes have been made to the existing law for visas, WAM state news agency reported.

The Gulf News daily had reported Tuesday that tourists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines would need to have a university degree to get a visa to the UAE.

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