The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced on Sunday that it plans to grant all infectious disease experts and doctors in the country a 10-year golden visa, especially those assisting to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement was made in a series of tweets by the Prime Minister of UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Others eligible include graduates with a minimum of 3.8 Grade Point Average (GPA) from a UAE-accredited university and all Ph.D. holders in the UAE. The Prime Minister tweeted, “UAE Golden Visa will also include UAE-based physicians as well as engineers in the fields of computer science, electronics, programming, electricity, and biotechnology.
“Other categories granted UAE Golden Residency are specialists in Artificial Intelligence, big data, virology, epidemiology and 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.”
The golden visa scheme which started in 2019 was designed to attract top professionals and wealthy business people to work in the UAE by issuing them long-term residence visas. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have also launched similar schemes, with the view of diversifying their economy.
About 90 percent of the 10 million residents of UAE are foreigners; the golden visa scheme attracted roughly 6,800 investors and generated $27 billion for their economy in 2019.