The United Arab Emirates government has approved two new visas, the remote work visa that will permit employees from all countries worldwide to live and work in the country for one year and the multiple-entry tourist visa granted to nationals of all world countries.
The decisions came after a meeting of the cabinet chaired by the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who stressed that the government continues to develop programs and initiatives to offer the best quality of life for its citizens, VisaGuide.World reports.
“During a cabinet meeting I chaired, we approved a new Remote Work Visa that enables employees from all over the world to work remotely from the UAE even if their companies are based in another country,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid pointed out that they “also approved a multiple-entry tourist visa for all persons to strengthen the UAE’s status as a global economic capital.”
“We are working with clear objectives to boost our economic status globally … Our journey of development endures,” he stressed.
Through the Remote Work Visas scheme, citizens from all countries worldwide, especially talented persons, can work remotely from the United Arab Emirates.
The one-year visa permits internationals to enter the UAE territory and work under this visa scheme’s terms and conditions “with access to all the necessary services, including world-class utilities and telecoms.”
It aims to enhance the work-life balance, boost productivity and improve the business environment. It also allows employees to expand their digital skills and adapt to the emerging gig economy.
As for the Multiple Entry Tourist Visa, it can now be obtained by citizens of all countries who meet the requirements. The five-year visa permits tourists to enter the UAE multiple times and remain there for 90 days on each visit, which can be extended for another 90 days.
Amid the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, many international workers in the UAE were reported stranded in the country without the possibility to go back to their home nations.
In this regard, the UAE government, back then, announced that it allowed the renewal of international workers’ visas without the mandatory medical test.
However, to protect the health of its citizens, amid the Coronavirus outbreak, the United Arab Emirates’ authorities previously extended the suspension of entry for all persons who hold a valid visa to halt the further spread of the virus.
In November last year, the UAE’s government unfolded its plans to expand one of its visa programs, the Golden Visa scheme.
This visa program brings many financial benefits to the country, even though it’s often criticized for being an open door to money laundering and other criminal activities.
Based on the announcement of UAE authorities, the Golden Visa program will permit internationals to obtain a 10-year residency.