The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the approval of a new long term residency for professionals – doctors, engineers – and brilliant students.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice President announced 10-year Golden Visas for them on Sunday.
He tweeted that the visa will be issued to all PhD holders in the UAE as well as top graduates from UAE-accredited universities with a GPA of 3.8 and above.
Physicians, engineers in the fields of computer science, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology are also included.
Others are specialists in AI, big data, virology, epidemiology & UAE’s high school top graduates and their families.
“We are keen to embrace talent that drives future development and this is only the beginning”, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai wrote.
In May, 212 doctors working for the Dubai Health Authority were awarded the Golden Visa for their efforts during the fight against COVID-19.
In September, Dubai commenced a retirement programme for resident foreigners over the age of 55.
They are now being issued five-year renewable residency.
The “Golden Visa” was the first such scheme in the Gulf, which keeps tight control on residency.
Similar programmes have been launched in other countries that seek to diversify their economies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.