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UAE Golden Visa: New Abu Dhabi entity to offer smart services

Staff Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on July 7, 2021

(Reuters file)

Abu Dhabi Residents Office aims to boost city’s reputation as an attractive global hub for talent.


A new entity in Abu Dhabi will provide smart services for Golden Visa applications and enquiries.

The Abu Dhabi Residents Office will also offer information and guides on moving to and living in the UAE Capital.

Abu Dhabi is home to more than 2.2 million expatriates of over 200 nationalities.

Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), said: “We are humbled and grateful for the essential and impactful role expatriates play in our society. We recognise the significant contribution they have made and continue to make for the sustainable development of the Emirate. The Abu Dhabi Residents Office bolsters our commitment in making Abu Dhabi a place to settle for all residents. The office will drive initiatives that support the life-long ambitions of the Emirate’s international community, allowing them to reimagine and fulfil their personal and professional potential.

“The Abu Dhabi Residents Office is part of the Abu Dhabi Government's vision to foster a welcoming and inclusive society for all. The office will ensure residents of all nationalities have access to support and services that contribute to the high-quality standard of living that Abu Dhabi is renowned for.”

Abu Dhabi has been ranked as the world's safest city for five consecutive years, according to Numbeo's Quality of Life index. It is also the world’s leading city for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Deep Knowledge Group.

The Emirate also has been named the best Middle East city for expatriates and ranked the 10th most popular city for expatriates globally. It particularly performed well on the Getting Settled Index and Finance & Housing Index, according to the 2020 InterNations Expat City Ranking of 66 cities.

The Emirate was also ranked the 5th most preferred place of work for foreign nationals globally in 2021, by the Boston Consulting Group and The Network.

The Abu Dhabi Residents Office aims to boost Abu Dhabi’s reputation as an attractive global hub for talent, and economic diversity and sustainable development by offering a range of services that will be implemented over the coming months.

Sameh Al Qubaisi, executive director - Executive Affairs Office at ADDED, said: “Our mission at the Abu Dhabi Residents Office is to continually enhance all aspects of living and working in the Emirate and to ensure that Abu Dhabi is a place where everyone can realise their dreams and ambitions within an inclusive and welcoming society that is rich in culture and opportunities.

“We will be focusing on greater access to information, processing Golden Visas and other long-term residency options, and most importantly, understanding the needs of our residents so that we can work across Abu Dhabi to ensure that together we are always growing and enabling the population here to thrive.

“This reflects Abu Dhabi’s world-class accomplishments in providing an unparalleled living experience in an environment of stability, safety and inclusivity for all residents, and we are geared to maintain this leading position.”





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