UAE launches new 10-year Blue Residency visa

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The UAE has launched the Blue Residency visa, a new long-term visa for sustainability experts, the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister announced.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also the Ruler of Dubai, announced the launch of the Blue Residency visa at the UAE Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (May 15).

Sheikh Mohammed said the Blue Residency visa is valid for 10 years and is granted to individuals with significant contribution to environment protection and sustainable practices. It also goes in line with directives of UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to extend the initiative of the Year of Sustainability of 2023 to include the year 2024.

Explaining the Blue Residency visa, Sheikh Mohammed said it is a “ten-year residency granted to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to environment protection, whether in marine life, land-based ecosystems, or air quality, sustainability technologies, the circular economy, or related fields.”

The Blue Residency visa is first long-term residency for individuals with exceptional contributions and efforts in the field of environment action and sustainability inside and outside the UAE.

It will be granted to supporters of environmental action, including members of international organisations, international companies, members of associations and non-governmental organisations, global award winners, and distinguished activists and researchers in environmental work, including Emiratis and expats who are advocates of environment protection.

Sustainability advocates and experts who are interested in the UAE Blue Residency can submit their applications directly through the services of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security, or can be nominated by competent authorities. ICA/Expat Media

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