The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has announced that they will offer over 1,000 long term visas to exceptional creators and artists around the world.
The cultural visa was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2019.
The cultural visa is a step forward to grow Dubai's cultural and creative sectors and to also create a global hub for creative individuals and artists.
Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has received over 261 cultural visa applications from individuals from 46 nations since the UAE announced the cultural visa, with applicants that match the criteria being under review.
Hala Badri, Director-General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority said, "Dubai provides a stimulating and supportive environment for creativity and creators. The decision to grant intellectuals, creators and talented individuals a cultural visa enhances the emirate’s position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, a thriving hub for talent, and a preferred cultural destination. Dubai’s contributions have helped raise the UAE’s position in the global cultural landscape by attracting exceptional writers, artists and creators. Establishing Dubai as a hub for outstanding Arab and international creative talent is part of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s endeavour to develop the cultural economy and creative industries; attract, retain and empower talent; and give them opportunities to prosper and participate in the UAE’s development. It is also aligned with the goals and pillars of the 2020-2025 Dubai Culture Strategy."