The UAE ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum on Sunday announced approved the issuance of a 10-year golden visa for more professionals, including Ph.D. holders, physicians, engineers as well as graduates from certain universities who scored Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.8 and above, in a bid to keep the “talented people and great minds” in the Gulf country and help in nation-building.

Dubai ruler made the announcement on Twitter. The golden visa will also be granted to holders of specialized degrees in artificial intelligence, big data, or epidemiology and virology in addition to UAE high school top graduates, the Gulf News reported.

“This is a first batch and it will be followed by other categories. We want talented people and great minds to stay in the UAE and join us in the process of development and achievements,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

The decision, which was approved by the UAE Cabinet, aims to attract and retain experts and talented professionals from various fields and scientific disciplines. The changes will take place starting from 1st December 2020.

In addition to the dynamic lifestyle and safety that are considered main characteristics of life in the UAE, Golden Residency holders and their families will be offered a 10-year residency visa.

The new Golden Residency categories expand the programme to further encourage innovation, creativity, and applied research, adding to the appeal of a career in the Emirates for the world’s brightest minds.