NO action will be taken in retaliation for the United Arab Emirates' refusal to grant visas to holders of the Hong Kong Certificate of Identity. But Secretary for Security Peter Lai Hing-ling told the Liberal Party's Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee the Government would be urging the emirates to rethink the stance and grant visas to the 1.4 million Certificate of Identity holders. 'We want Hong Kong to be an open place for tourists,' he said. 'Although Hong Kong residents who hold the British National (Overseas) passport can go to more than 70 countries without a visa, Hong Kong actually allows people from about 170 countries to enter the territory without a visa.' The emirates had informed the Government in July, through the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the certificates would not be accepted because they did not prove nationality, he said. That was a change of position from January. Mr Lai said he could not speculate on what the Government should do next.