Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


New UAE Culture Visa: All you need to know


DUBAI –A new long-term cultural visa for artists, authors and innovators has been launched in Dubai as part of a new cultural vision for the emirate.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the cultural visa on Tuesday (October 1). Here’s all you need to know.

What is the cultural visa?

The visa allows creators, artists, authors and innovators to have long-term residence in the UAE.

Why is it important?

Dubai wants to become a global hub for culture. The emirate already has 6,000 companies for arts and culture, five creative complexes and 20 museums. Dubai also organizes more than 550 cultural events every year attracting millions of visitors.

When is it going to be rolled out?

More details about the cultural visa and how to avail of it are expected to be released soon.

Find out more about Dubai’s Cultural Vision

Long-term visas introduced in 2019

Five-year visa

Good for: Investors

How to qualify: Must purchase of property worth at least Dh5 million that is not loaned

Good for: Outstanding students

How to qualify: At least 95 percent in secondary level and distinction of at least 3.75 GPA upon graduation from universities within and outside UAE

Five-year multi-entry visa

Good for: Entrepreneurs

How to qualify: Have previous project worth a minimum of Dh500,000 or having the approval of an accredited business incubator in UAE

10-year visa

Good for: Doctors, specialists, scientists, creative individuals in culture and art, and investors

How to qualify: Subject to certain conditions, including valid employment contract

10-year renewable visa or Gold Card

Good for: investors

How to qualify: Have public investments through deposit, an established business partnership of Dh10 million or more, or a total investment of not less than Dh10 million. The amount must be wholly owned by the investor and not loaned, with investment retention for at least 3 years.


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