As the number of high profile figures and celebrities being granted the UAE’s golden visa continues to grow, Lebanese pop star Myriam Fares is the latest recipient of the 10-year residency in the emirates.

The singer announced the exciting news on Instagram, sharing a series of photos of herself in Dubai to mark the occasion.

“I am proud and honoured to receive the golden residency from my second country, the United Arab Emirates,” she captioned the post.

“All thanks to the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and gratitude and respect to this generous country, its rulers and people.”


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The programme, which first appeared in 2019, allows the recipient to live in the UAE for up to 10 years, which is renewable every decade.

The aim of the programme is to encourage the worlds most innovative and brilliant talents across all fields to become residents in the UAE.

The UAE has been honouring some of the world’s most outstanding talents with the coveted golden visa. Some of the notable figures that have recently been granted the UAE’s golden visa include Cristiano Ronaldo, Chef Izu Ani, Ola Farahat, Najwa Karam and more.

Sheikh Mohammed encourages doctors to apply

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is also now encouraging doctors to apply.

Given doctors have played a pivotal role in the UAE’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, His Highness is urging doctors to apply for the highly sought after 10-year visa.

In early 2020, an announcement had been made by the Dubai Media Office where Sheikh Mohammed had granted where a group of 212 male and female doctors from the DHA has been granted the golden visa as they attended directly to COVID-19 patients, securing the well-being of our society.

Students eligible for the golden visa

In a recent update to those eligible to apply for the golden visa, it was also announced students would also be eligible to apply for the visa.

Per WAM, the UAE’s state-run news agency, the visas will be granted to students who are deemed to have performed outstandingly in their general secondary certificate assessments or its equivalent, receiving at least 95 per cent. Students eligible can be from either private or public schools.

In addition, university students are also eligible from both within the UAE and abroad. A grade point average of 3.75 is required or its equivalent in specific scientific disciplines to be eligible.

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