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HH Sheikh Mohammed Introduces New 10-Year UAE Blue Residency Visa

In good news for UAE expatriates and environmental workers, the country has introduced a new 10-year Blue Residency visa.

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On Wednesday, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chaired the UAE Cabinet meeting, where the royal approved the introduction of the Blue Residency visa. Valid for a period of 10 years, the new visa is the first of its kind, and will be granted to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the UAE’s environmental protection efforts, including the fields of marine and land. The announcement follows the redesignation of 2024 as the Year of Sustainability, which was extended from 2023 to amplify and maintain the UAE’s efforts in environmental action.

Following the meeting, HH Sheikh Mohammed stated, “In alignment with the national directives declared by the UAE President, to designate 2024 as the year of sustainability in the UAE, we introduced the “Blue Residency” a ten-years residency granted to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to environment protection, whether in marine life, land-based ecosystems, or air quality, sustainability technologies, the circular economy, or related fields. “He added, “The sustainability of our economy is now linked to the sustainability of our environment… Our national orientations are clear and firm in this area.”

The day also saw the approval of the National Youth Agenda 2031, which “aims to qualify more than 100 young Emiratis to represent the country in global organizations and forums related to the national sectors of priority and to provide 100% suitable career pathways for youth in the labor market.” Some of the goals of the agenda include enhancing the national consciousness among the youth, instilling pride over identity and national affiliation in the young Emiratis, and ultimately place the UAE among the top 10 countries globally in terms of the quality of life provided to youth.

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