In line with plans to issue long-term visas to those of exceptional talent, the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has announced their first plans to do so.

Exceptional creators and artists around the world are set to receive 1,000 long-term visas with around 241 visa applications already received since the initiative.

The move, according to Hala Badri, the Director-General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, will provide a “stimulating and supportive environment” for creatives.

“The decision to grant intellectuals, creators and talented individuals a cultural visa enhances the emirate’s position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, a thriving hub for talent, and a preferred cultural destination,” she said.

“Dubai’s contributions have helped raise the UAE’s position in the global cultural landscape by attracting exceptional writers, artists and creators.”

Despite the pandemic, the economy has grown with exceptional talent in the region as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has constantly upheld and rewarded well-deserved talent.

While being home to rich heritage and culture with public libraries, historical archaeological sites, knowledge embedded museums and the soon to be hosted Expo 2020, the UAE’s pioneering vision, is sure to attract talented individuals from around the world in the fields of literature, culture, fine arts, performed arts, design along with individuals in history and knowledge related arenas along with those in the creative and intellectual sectors.

With around 120 applicants meeting the requirements so far, the process for others is still underway with more to be issued over the course of time as it requires careful scrutiny with the visa being granted for a period of 10 years.

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