Thursday 19 August 2021
The UAE is offering the Golden Visa to charity and humanitarian aid workers in recognition of their efforts and sacrifices.
The announcement came on World Humanitarian Day on 19 August 2021 to honor the work done by humanitarian workers and remember those who lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.
The UAE has always led impactful humanitarian initiatives and empowered those implementing them. In the year of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, it aspires to become a world leader of humanitarian efforts in the next five decades.
The UAE established Dubai International Humanitarian City (IHC) in 2011 as an example of its efforts to lead humanitarian causes. The largest humanitarian destination in the world, IHC is a non-profit, independent, humanitarian free zone authority that hosts over 80 members comprising UN organizations, non-profits and non-government organizations, and commercial companies.
The theme for 2021's UN World Humanitarian Day is 'Race for Humanity' and 'Supporting the Real Heroes'. It calls for the international community to support workers in the relief and humanitarian fields by providing them with a safe and supportive environment.
UN figures indicate that there will be 235 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection by the time 2021 is out, with the rate needing humanitarian assistance reaching one person in every 33 around the world.
The UAE has been supporting communities and countries across the globe through development projects and humanitarian response to disasters and crises, to sustain stability and prosperity in collaboration with regional and international partners and UN agencies working in the humanitarian and development fields. The volume of UAE's foreign aid has amounted to AED 320 billion across 201 countries since the UAE was founded.
The humanitarian aid provided by the UAE throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has amounted to 2,154 metric tons of medical aid, respiratory and examination devices, and personal protection equipment. Aid was sent to 117 countries from the warehouses of international organizations located in the IHC, while the UAE organized 196 trips to transport medical aid, with six field hospitals established in Sudan, Guinea, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, and Jordan, and a mobile clinic in Turkmenistan.
The Golden Visa system implemented in 2018 allows its beneficiaries in the UAE – including expatriates and their families who wish to come to work, live, and study in the country – to enjoy long-term residency.
It grants a five- or ten-year residency, which is automatically renewed, for people who fall into categories that include investors, doctors, entrepreneurs, scientists, creators, inventors, researchers in various branches of science, technology, and innovation, and outstanding students.