By Staff writer
The visas were to express thanks for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic
A total of 212 doctors working for the Dubai Health Authority have been awarded 10-year ‘Golden Visas’ by Dubai Ruler Sheikh and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency said that Sheikh Mohammed “expressed his appreciation for the efforts of medical, nursing and administrative staff across the UAE, which have been key to containing the spread of Covid-19 and providing the highest level of healthcare to patients”.
Humaid Al Outami, the director general of the Dubai Health Authority, said the measure is also aimed at boosting the morale of healthcare workers and encouraging them in their work.
“He (Al Outami) also said 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,” the WAM story said.
“The leadership has also encouraged the development of local medical talent and offered young doctors opportunities to learn and gain experience at the best international universities and scientific centres,” the story added. “This support has helped establish a strong healthcare system, which has enabled the UAE to mount a robust response to the Covid-19 outbreak.”
Announced in 2019, the Golden Visa initiative is granted to doctors, scientists, innovators, researchers, investors and entrepreneurs in various sectors.