A total of 2,500 foreign nationals have received permanent residency in the UAE so far, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai has revealed.
This is only the first batch of golden visas the UAE government plans to award.The 2,500 professionals were all doctors, researchers, scientists and innovators.
On his twitter page, Sheikh Mohammad said: "Today, we celebrated the first batch of 2500 scientists, researchers, innovators, investors and doctors who were granted the UAE's golden visa. We welcome them to us and say to everyone: The UAE is the country of science and incubator of scientists, talented people and change makers".
The UAE is the country of science and incubator of scientists, talented people and change makers"
The move is part of efforts to position the UAE as an incubator of talents and skills, reported state news agency Wam. More scientists and researchers are expected to be granted the visa.
According to Gulf News, Ali Mohammad Bin Hammad, the chairman the Governing Board of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, said that the golden visa system was first launched to create a stimulating environment conducive to investment and creativity and engage talents in the development process of the country as permanent partners.
He noted that the golden visa would help create an attractive and encouraging environment, and strengthen the UAE's position as a global hub for talents and innovators.
The visas were delivered to recipients during a special reception held in Abu Dhabi and also attended by Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.