Dubai has awarded more than 200 COVID-19 expat doctors with permanent ‘Golden Residency’ visas as a thank you for their efforts in the emirate’s hospitals.
Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Humaid al-Qatami announced the move after it was approved by Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The permanent residency of 10 years will be granted to qualified professionals and specialised physicians and all processing fees are set to be paid by the state.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai told followers that the gesture comes in appreciation to the frontline teams who attend directly to patients infected with the virus, securing the well-being of the society.
He added that the permanent Golden Residency visas will be given to 212 doctors working at the Dubai Health Authority’s hospitals to thank them for their hard work during the pandemic.
The Golden Visa – first announced last year – will be granted to doctors, scientists, innovators, researchers, investors and entrepreneurs in various fields and have previously been awarded to a host of stars including football player Cristiano Ronaldo, tennis player Novak Djokovic and football player Roberto Carlos.
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