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UAE Introduces Blue Visa: 10-Year Residency for Environmental Experts

The Blue Visa is tailored for individuals actively engaged in initiatives aimed at improving the environment through conservation, research, advocacy, and other related efforts.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced a special 10-year residency permit called the Blue Visa, catering specifically to environmental experts. This initiative reflects the UAE’s commitment to environmental conservation, as announced by the cabinet.

The Blue Visa is tailored for individuals actively engaged in initiatives aimed at improving the environment through conservation, research, advocacy, and other related efforts. UAE authorities view it as a recognition of the importance of their work in safeguarding the natural world.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, unveiled the Blue Visa via social media channels, highlighting its significance in promoting environmental sustainability for future generations.

Describing the Blue Visa as more than just a residency permit, Sheikh Mohammed stressed its symbolic value, signifying the UAE’s commitment to environmental protection.

By offering this visa to distinguished professionals in the field, the UAE intends to attract and retain top talent, fostering innovation and expertise in environmental conservation. This initiative is particularly timely given the region’s increasing vulnerability to climate change.

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Traditionally, UAE residency visas had a validity of two years. However, with the introduction of the Golden Visa program in 2019 and subsequent schemes like the Green Visa, the country is expanding long-term residency options to various groups, including investors, entrepreneurs, highly skilled professionals, and now, environmental advocates.

Environmentalists working across different areas such as marine, terrestrial, or atmospheric conservation are encouraged to apply for the Blue Visa.