U.A.E. to Adopt System Seeking to Lure Top Foreign Talent

  • System focuses on talents in science, medicine, research
  • U.A.E. prime minister announces the new system on Twitter

The U.A.E. government approved a new visa system designed to attract top foreign talents in fields such as medicine, science and research to the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said on Sunday.

“The United Arab Emirates is the land of opportunities,” Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter after the cabinet meeting. Attracting top talents will “add to our economy and future,” he said. He didn’t provide further details.

Under the current law, the U.A.E. doesn’t offer permanent residency to foreign workers.

Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the vice president of the U.A.E. and the ruler of Dubai, ordered that committees be set up to identify “the vital sectors that will be open for specialized visas, and to draw a plan to attract the most notable, exceptional regional and international talents,” according to a statement carried by the official WAM news agency.

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