UAE NEWS: Dubai agreement to implement cultural visa system

This visa is set to be the first of its kind in the world.

An agreement signed between the two Dubai government agencies has been signed to implement a tribal cultural visa program, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs have announced a partnership that will set “rules and regulations” for the issuance of residence permits to artists and entrepreneurs in the cultural industry, officials said in a statement from the emirate news office.

Launched in October last year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Governor of Dubai, a cultural residence visa will be subject to a new immigration policy aimed at attracting promising artists and founders in Dubai. . This visa is set to be the first of its kind in the world.

The signing of the agreement with GDRFA comes as part of Daily Culture’s efforts to achieve its goal of strengthening the emirate’s position as a global cultural center and a growing hub of talent.

Hala Badri, director-general of Dubai Culture, said: “Dubai Culture and GDRFA are committed to signing this agreement to develop and improve services provided to both parties as well as to exchange courses, knowledge, technology and institutional experience at all levels.

“The agreement will allow both parties to cooperate in issuing customary visas and laying the foundations, standards and controls for the issuance of residence permits to investors, businessmen and intellectuals in the cultural and artistic sector. of the emir on the cultural map of the world. “

In addition to the implementation of the new visa, the shared action agenda will also facilitate the exchange of information and experience between the two organizations.

Includes a set of programs that include events and workshops where artists and writers from both organizations can share their knowledge.

The agenda also aims to spread awareness and creativity among the staff of Daily Culture and GDRFA, in line with world-class standards, to provide effective training programs for staff and university graduates.

Maj-General Mohamed Ahmed Al Marri, director general of GDRFA Dubai, thanked Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairperson of the Daily Culture, for his unique efforts and unwavering support for cultural traditions in Dubai and the UAE.

After signing a memorandum of understanding, Badri accompanied Maj-General Al Marri to attend the Daily Culture ‘Photography for Conversation’ exhibition at the Etihad Museum. The exhibition, launched last month in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, in London, highlights some of the highlights of UAE history, especially its ties with the UK.

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