UAE Golden Visa: 44,000 Dubai residents get long-term residency

The Golden Visa scheme was launched in 2019 to attract and retain talents from all over the world.

By Sherouk Zakaria

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Published: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 12:53 PM

Last updated: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 7:24 PM

Over 44,000 residents in Dubai have received the Golden Visa since the launch of the long-term residency scheme.

The Golden Visa scheme was launched in 2019 to attract and retain talents from all over the world and establish the UAE as an ideal destination to live and work in. These visas are issued for five or 10 years and renewed automatically.

Investors, entrepreneurs, special talents and researchers in various fields of science and knowledge and bright students are eligible to receive the visa.

Recent regulations expanded the Golden Visa eligibility to include managers, CEOs, specialists in science, engineering, health, education, business management and technology. Additionally, the procedure to get the long-term residency was eased for highly skilled and specialised residents, investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, pioneers, leading students and graduates.

Dubai welcomes 60,000 visitors daily

During a media briefing on Monday, Lieutenant General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, noted a steady increase of travellers at Dubai airports since the beginning of the Covid-19 recovery.

Dubai now sees around 145,000 travellers passing through the airport every day, including a daily record of 65,000 visitors coming into the emirate.

Al Marri said thanks to the swift and competent measures the UAE has taken to achieve recovery, the number of daily travellers is expected to reach 200,000 soon.

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