Dubai has announced it will grant cultural visas to 1,000 creators and artists from across the world. The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, as part of the first-of-its-kind cultural visa initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2019.
Since the visa was first announced, Dubai Culture received 261 cultural visa applications from individuals hailing from 46 nations. A total of 120 applicants have met the required and optional criteria. A majority of these applicants have been issued visas as well, while the remaining are currently under process. The initiative was launched in a bid to position the fast-developing emirate as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a hub for talent.
Applications are accepted if they meet terms and conditions and key criteria.
PhD degree holders: Professionals holding PhD degree from one of the top 500 universities
Doctors: Doctors specialising in viral epidemiology
Engineers: All engineers in the fields of computers, electronics, programing, electricals, electronics, active technology, AI and Big Data
Highly qualified individuals: Those who have achieved high scores of 3.8 or more from approved universities
Researchers/Scientists: Those who are specialist in their respective fields
Inventors: Those who have obtained a patent of value, which adds to the UAE’s economy
Artists: Creative individuals in the field of culture and art will be awarded with the golden visa
Investors: Foreigners who have invested Dh10 million or above can apply for the golden visa
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