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28 April, 2022

Dubai to offer 10-year Residence Visa to 5,000 Creative Professionals

Dubai has issued 10-year cultural visas to 5,000 creatives and cemented its position as a regional creative metropolis, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture, told the World Government Summit at the conclusion of Expo 2020 Dubai.


The world’s first long-term cultural visa was first approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2019 to attract artists, authors, innovators and to establish Dubai as an incubator for regional and international talents.


“I’m happy to say today that 5,000 creatives in Dubai hold that visa now,” Sheikha Latifa said at a session titled ‘Building Cities of the Future: Dubai’s Ambition for a Global Creative Metropolis’.


“Now, turning Dubai into the next creative metropolis is not a dream. Dubai has already cemented itself as a leader in the region that is now growing steadily into an international and cultural platform,” she said, presenting the details of various initiatives that support the creative industry, the huge number of creatives in the emirate and their contribution to the economy.


Home of creatives

Dubai is now home to 14,700 cultural and creative businesses, 108,000 creative talents and the creative sector has contributed 4% to Dubai’s GDP, Sheikha Latifa revealed. This is 1% higher than the global statistics. Before the pandemic, the creative industry contributed annual global revenue of $2.25 Trillion. That is 3% of the global GDP.”


Listing the mega events catering to the creative sector hosted by Dubai, Sheikha Latifa said Dubai keeps building bridges between cultures. “Freedom of entrepreneurship is very important for our culture. We will make Dubai the easiest place for creatives to set up and operate.”


With the flexible government system, she said, Dubai has created a one-stop-shop for creatives on the ‘Invest in Dubai’ website. “Creatives can now go online, apply for all the necessary approvals and obtain a creative license in seven minutes,” she said.


Sheikha Latifa said Dubai already had the right infrastructure for the creative industry to flourish.


“We needed to create the right ecosystem for it to thrive. Now as we all have seen, the pandemic has proved to us, beyond its huge economic impact, culture and creativity are what make us human. It is what we need in the face of adversity. A creative city is resilient.” Disagreeing with the common notion that culture is soft power, she stated that “culture is power; economic and social power”.


Are you in the creative space? To setup a business in this field, or to secure a long-term residence visa, do get in touch with us now.


Source: gulfnews

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