DHA to Grant 10-Year Visas to Covid-19 Frontliners

In response to the exemplary efforts of medical professionals in manning the frontlines in the UAE’s battle against the coronavirus, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced that it will grant 10-year “golden” visas to its medical professionals.

According to the DHA, the visas will be awarded to 212 doctors of various specializations. 

DHA to Grant 10-Year Visas to Covid-19 Frontliners
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Covid-19 Medical Professionals to Receive 10-Year Visas in UAE 

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued instructions to relevant authorities to grant the 10-year residency “golden” visas for DHA’s various medical professionals who are on the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus, as shared in a report by the Gulf News.

Sheikh Mohammed’s gesture highlighted the UAE leadership’s appreciation of the tremendous efforts of medical teams who provide healthcare services to COVID-19 patients in their efforts to ensure public health and safety.

The Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Humaid Al Qutami expressed his gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed for his support to all the doctors through this initiative. According to Al Qutami, the gesture will further boost their morale and encourage them in their efforts to provide the highest quality of medical care for patients infected by the virus.

Al Qutami also noted that the UAE leadership has always placed the highest priority on the medical sector and extended all the resources necessary for ensuring its success including the world’s best medical talent.

Moreover, the leadership has stressed the importance of the development of local medical talent and offered young doctors opportunities to learn and gain experience at the best international universities and scientific centers. 

Al Qutami explained that this support has helped establish a strong healthcare system, which has enabled the UAE to mount a robust response to the virus outbreak.

The UAE’s response to and management of the pandemic has received global recognition and praise, Al Qutami noted. 

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In line with this, the DHA Director-General also praised the efforts of local and expatriate doctors, who have demonstrated high levels of agility and flexibility and worked long hours to provide care for patients. By demonstrating selfless dedication in caring for others, they have played significant roles in helping Dubai and the UAE contain the global outbreak.

Al Qutami also noted that the DHA has provided comprehensive support for its staff and provided all advanced protective equipment necessary to ensure their safety.

The Director-General then congratulated the doctors who were granted the Golden Visa and expressed his gratitude for their extraordinary efforts on the frontlines of the fight against the virus.

The Golden Visa, which was first granted to doctors, scientists, innovators, researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs in various fields last year has been one of the major benefits offered by the UAE to retain high-quality professionals and experts across various fields and industries serving the country’s economy.

While the fight is not yet over, the progressive steps the UAE leadership is taking considers the long-term impact of the contributions of health professionals to the society and ensures the welfare of all residents, both expats and citizens alike.  

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