Senior journalists on Wednesday urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to ease visa regime for Bangladeshi nationals to help strengthen relations between the two countries.
They also called upon Emirates to increase the use of Bengali on Dhaka-Dubai flights for the convenience of Bangladeshi passengers.
The request came in the celebration programme of Dubai-based Emirates' 30 years of operations in Bangladesh, held at a city hotel.
The UAE ambassador to Bangladesh Saeed bin Hajar Al Shahi, Emirates' marketing communication department's Sardar Khan, and area manager for Bangladesh Khalid Ali J Hassan attended the programme.
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury,Media Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul also spoke on the occasion.
Praising the Emirates relations with Bangladesh, Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul urged the airlines authority to include more Bengali-speaking flight attendents on the Dhaka-Dubai fights to ease communication for common people.
He also urged the UAE government to ease visa process for the Bangladeshi people. "Easing visa regime for the common people will also help increase the business of Emirates," he added.
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury echoed and said easing the visa restrictions will help strengthen the brotherly relationship between Bangladesh and the UAE.
Speaking on the occasion, Ali J Hassan said Emirates started its operations in Bangladesh with two weekly flights on October 27, 1986.
At present, Emirates operates three flights in Bangladesh, the seventh destination of the aviation company, Mr. Hassan added.
He said, "Emirates has an integral relationship with the people of Bangladesh and its socio-economic development."
The carrier is contributing to the socio-cultural development through sponsoring various initiatives including Emirates friendship floating hospital and sport tournaments.
The leading Gulf carrier operates hundreds of flights to more than 154 destinations in 83 countries.