cultural visa initiative
cultural visa initiative

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs have signed the partnership that will set "standards and controls" for issuing residency permits for artists and businessmen in the cultural industry, officials said in a statement from the emirate's media office.


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

The signing of an agreement with the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai comes as part of Dubai Culture's endeavors to achieve its mission of strengthening the emirate's position as a global center of culture and a thriving center for talent.

Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture, said: “Dubai Culture and the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs were keen to sign this agreement to develop and improve the services provided by the two parties, as well as exchange studies, knowledge, experience and institutional experiences at all levels.

The agreement will also allow both parties to cooperate in the issuance of cultural visas and to lay the foundations, standards and controls for issuing residence permits to investors, businessmen and creators in the fields of culture and arts. This aligns with our efforts to create an environment that encourages attracting, retaining and empowering global talent, and strengthening the emirate's position on the world's cultural map. "

Besides implementing the new visa, the Joint Action Agenda will also facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences between the two entities.

It includes a set of programs that include events and workshops where artists and writers from both parties can share their experiences.

The agenda also seeks to spread creative and innovative awareness among the employees of Dubai Culture and the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide practical training programs for employees and university graduates.

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, thanked Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Culture, for her exceptional efforts and unlimited support for cultural creativity in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

After signing the partnership agreement, Badri accompanied Major General Al-Marri on a visit to the Dubai Culture Exhibition "Pictures in Dialogue" at the Etihad Museum. Launched last month in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery in London, the exhibition highlights milestones in the history of the United Arab Emirates, particularly its relations with the United Kingdom.