The Culture and Arts Authority in Dubai (Dubai Culture) has revealed the granting of cultural visas to “1000” creators and artists of various nationalities during the next stage, as part of the expansion plan to grant long-term cultural visas, the first of its kind in the world, approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2019, and a term of up to 10 years, subject to renewal, to make Dubai a global center for culture and creativity, and a forum for talents from writers, thinkers, researchers and artists from around the world.
The expansion of granting this visa comes to maximize benefit from the participation of creators and specialists in the intellectual and knowledge fields in supporting the thriving cultural scene in Dubai, and to contribute to the cultural economy and its development process, in a manner that is also in line with the UAE’s strategy to create a harmonious and sustainable society that attracts and embraces the most prominent Arab creative energies and talents. And global.
Dubai Culture stated that it had received 261 nomination requests for cultural visas from intellectuals and creative people belonging to 46 nationalities from around the world, and 120 applications, including the basic and optional requirements that were set based on clear and transparent criteria, have already been issued the bulk of those visas, The remaining batch is in progress.
For her part, Director General of Dubai Culture, Hala Badri, said: “Dubai is the home of creativity and creators, and the decision to grant intellectuals, creators and talents, a cultural visa, confirms the emirate’s global position as a center of culture, an incubator for creativity, a meeting place for talent, and a first destination for distinguished cultural energies. , As the decision also contributed to the UAE’s leadership in the global cultural scene.
She added, “Attracting writers, artists and creators, and establishing Dubai’s position as an incubator for the most important Arab and international talents and creativity, is part of the emirate’s main endeavor to move the cultural economy and develop creative industries, attract talent and encourage them to settle in by empowering them, and giving them the opportunity to flourish and engage in the development process in the country. In line with the objectives and axes of the Dubai Culture Strategy 2020-2025 ».
Hala Badri explained that “the long-term cultural visa ensures psychological stability for the creative and contributes to the economic movement by stimulating the creative economy, thus creating more job opportunities in this sector, especially since Dubai has a strong cultural structure and has diversified creative sectors that are attractive to intellectuals and creators. Hence, the expansion of the circle of beneficiaries of this visa was among our list of strategic plans for the future of this pioneering initiative. ”
Realizing the Dream
“Dubai Culture” had signed an agreement with the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai “Dubai Residence”, with the aim of cooperation and joint coordination in the field of issuing cultural visas according to the highest standards for investors, entrepreneurs and those with specialized talents.
The Director General of the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, Major General Muhammad Ahmad Al-Marri, said, “The UAE in general, and the city of Dubai in particular, is a destination for everyone looking to achieve the collective dream in a country that embraces everyone without discrimination or discrimination, and the decision to grant cultural residency comes For golden groups such as intellectuals and creative people with talents from various parts of the world, a wise step will be reflected in the consolidation of the UAE’s reputation as a human metropolis.
He added, “Dubai enjoys a modern lifestyle and an ideal cultural environment that has made it a particularly preferred place to live and work in it.” Attracting these enlightened, educated minds in particular will contribute to the advancement of the country on the economic and cultural levels and strengthen Dubai’s position as a global destination.
The long-term cultural visa is granted for a period of 10 years to creative talents in the fields of literature, culture, plastic and performing arts and design, as well as heritage, historical, cognitive and intellectual studies and creative industries, according to basic conditions and criteria, including: years of residence within the country, knowledge and creativity production, in addition to Optional conditions and pledges specific to each category, such as a pledge to contribute to stopping 36 hours of public service for the UAE community, and other conditions that ensure their automatic renewal without the need for an Emirati sponsor.
Mobility is booming
Dubai has a modern cultural infrastructure and strong cultural assets that qualify it to embrace intellectuals and creators from all over the world, and provides innovative prospects for the sustainability of creative work in it, including public libraries, theaters, publishing houses, and operas, in addition to more than 135 heritage houses, three historical neighborhoods and six archaeological sites, and five Creative complexes, 21 traditional markets between a president and a subsidiary, and 20 museums, including six museums belonging to the authority, which attract more than 1.6 million visitors annually.
The emirate is witnessing a flourishing cultural movement throughout the year that provides an environment that stimulates creativity and unleashes creative ideas, through various creative facilities scattered in several regions in the emirate, and Dubai hosts more than 2,300 official cultural events annually.
– The visa is granted for a period of 10 years to those with talents in literature, culture, art and design.
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