UAE launches 10-year Blue Residency visa for environment contributors — Details here

In Brief

The UAE has introduced a new 10-year Blue Residency visa for individuals who have significantly contributed to environmental protection, both on land and in marine environments. Announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the visa underscores the UAE’s commitment to sustainability. Eligible individuals can apply through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security. For more details, read here.

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The United Arab Emirates has introduced a ten-year Blue Residency visa for individuals who have made exceptional contributions to environmental protection. Announced on May 15 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, this visa is available to those working in areas such as marine and land conservation, air quality, sustainability technologies, and the circular economy.

Applications can be submitted through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security. This initiative is part of the UAE’s ongoing sustainability efforts, following the introduction of Golden and Green Visas for investors and professionals.

The sustainability of our economy has become linked to the sustainability of our environment… and our national directions are clear and firm in this field.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The Blue Residency visa will be granted to environmental supporters, including global award winners, activists, and researchers. This initiative marks the UAE’s commitment to making 2024 the Year of Sustainability. Typically, UAE residency visas are valid for two years, but this new visa extends to ten years, similar to the Golden Visa introduced in 2019. This initiative aims to bolster environmental efforts and promote sustainable practices within the country.

In addition to environmental contributions, the Blue Residency visa acknowledges the work of individuals in international organizations. The UAE’s Golden Visa program has also seen recent updates, including the introduction of ten-year golden visas and five-year silver licenses to enhance economic growth and business continuity.

The new visa options are intended to attract wealthy internationals and provide various platforms for engagement, such as the Emirates Red Crescent and Dubai Volunteer Center. These efforts underscore the UAE’s dedication to sustainability and economic development.