Emirates: “gold” visas for professionals mobilized against the pandemic

On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates announced its intention to grant a ten-year gold residency right to all PhD students, doctors and engineers in various fields, professions highly mobilized in the fight against the new coronavirus pandemic.

About 90% of the nearly 10 million inhabitants of the rich Gulf country are foreign workers who receive visas of limited duration.

The country had already established 10-year gold residences for wealthy investors and highly skilled workers.

Today we approved the award of gold residency for a period of ten years for all PhD holders, doctors, engineers in the fields of computer engineering, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology, said Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum.

The gold residency will also be awarded to graduates specializing in artificial intelligence, big data or epidemiology, tweeted the head of government, who also heads Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country.

The brightest students and high school students will also benefit from this special visa.

In 2019, the Emirates granted 6,800 people, whose investments totalled 100 billion dirhams (24 billion euros), the gold visa.

The Emirates have so far recorded nearly 150,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, including 530 deaths.

The pandemic hit the economy, which was already in trouble due to low oil prices and the real estate crisis.