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UAE introduces 10-year Blue Visa for environmental experts

UAE unveiled the Blue Visa, a special ten-year residency permit designed specifically for environmental experts

By Sibte Arif
May 16, 2024
The UAE flag flies over a boat at Dubai Marina, Dubai. — Reuters/File
The UAE flag flies over a boat at Dubai Marina, Dubai. — Reuters/File

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has unveiled the Blue Visa, a special ten-year residency permit designed specifically for environmental experts.

This decision was made by the UAE cabinet, showing the government’s commitment to environmental conservation. The Blue Visa is targeted towards individuals actively engaged in improving the environment, whether it’s through research, advocacy, conservation efforts, or other initiatives. It’s a recognition of the importance of their work in preserving the natural world, according to the UAE authorities. UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the introduction of the Blue Visa via social media channels. In his message, he emphasised the vital role environmental sustainability plays in ensuring the prosperity of future generations. “The Blue Visa isn’t just a residency permit; it’s a symbol of the UAE’s dedication to environmental protection.” By granting this visa to outstanding contributors in the field, the UAE aims to attract and retain top talent, fostering innovation and expertise in environmental conservation. This initiative comes at a time when the Middle East is experiencing unprecedented climate changes, underlining the urgency of collective action to mitigate environmental degradation. Traditionally, UAE residency visas have had a validity of two years. However, with the introduction of the Golden Visa programme in 2019 and the subsequent Green Visa scheme, the country is leading to offer long-term residency options to various groups, including investors, entrepreneurs, highly skilled professionals and now, environmental advocates. The environmentalists working across various domains, be it marine, terrestrial or atmospheric, are encouraged to apply for the Blue Visa.