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UAE Approves New Entry Visa System to Attract Top Talent

  • By The JobSmart Team
  • 06 Feb, 2017

Great news if you work in the tourism, health or education sectors!

The UAE yesterday introduced a new entry visa system to attract top foreign talent to the country. The system was approved during a Cabinet meeting on Sunday, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The Ruler of Dubai then took to Twitter to announce “Today I chaired a cabinet meeting at which we agreed on a new entry visa system that focuses on attracting exceptional talent.”

“Future prosperity lies in the creative minds of our people. Investing in people is an investment in our economy and success.”

Sheikh Mohammed pointed out that the UAE’s future economy will be talent-based. “Our economy will develop an environment that stimulates innovation,” he added.

The new visa system will be implemented in several phases. The first phase will include issuing entry visas for the tourism, health and education sectors. The second one will see the issuance of entry visas to attract innovative and inspirational entrepreneurs and exceptional experts in the scientific, research, technical and cultural domains.

Specialised committees will be established to prioritise the sectors that will benefit from the talent acquisition visa, and to put forward a plan to attract regional and global exceptional talents.

This announcement will give a big boost to tourism, health and education sectors by enhancing the UAE’s competitive excellence on the global stage. The conducive environment and lifestyle as well as financial facilities and sophisticated infrastructure are the most important factors to lure extraordinary competencies and high skills. The system will offer new facilities for international companies to shift their headquarters to this country.

Sheikh Mohammed stressed that the UAE is seeking to be the first incubator of highly skilled professionals and talented human capital in all dynamic sectors.

 He added that the UAE has always embraced openness, is governed by tolerance and its renaissance is made by the contribution of all its residents.

"The UAE is a country of vast opportunity. We aim to provide a tolerant environment that can nurture potential and support outstanding talent."

“We always strive to entrench the values of openness and tolerance and will never step back. We welcome great minds from the 200 nationalities living on our country. The UAE is the land of opportunities and the best environment to bring dreams to reality and unleash exceptional potential and talents of people.”

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