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Creative Visa, Abu Dhabi’s Initiative for Residency and Employment

A long-term visa that aims to support talent across multiple domains within the Emirate's cultural and creative industries.

Announced by the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi (DCT) on February 14, 2021, Creative Visa is an initiative that seeks to support individuals contributing to the cultural and creative industries in the UAE Capital.

The Creative Visa is open to a wide range of people and talented individuals, including those in the heritage, performing arts, design, gaming, e-sports, media and publishing sectors. It aims to increase opportunities for residency and employment in Abu Dhabi while also enhancing the creative scene in the UAE.

According DCT Abu Dhabi, the Creative Visa will offer participants access to world-class facilities and infrastructure, as well as an attractive, safe and inspiring living and working environment for individuals and families.

Professionals who take up residency in Abu Dhabi under the Creative Visa will find themselves in the midst of a global culture centre, with world-class museums, community and performing arts centres, art platforms and a grassroots artistic community. The Emirate’s media, entertainment, literary and publishing sectors are dynamic and growing rapidly.

In addition, Abu Dhabi focuses on its cultural heritage and provides a year-round calendar of initiatives including programmes around traditional crafts and practices. Cultural heritage professionals will be joining a community of fellow academics, conservators and archaeologists working at Abu Dhabi’s important archaeological sites, historic buildings and cultural landscapes, including the World Heritage Site of Al Ain.

Entrepreneurs looking to launch their own creative business will find Abu Dhabi to be a highly start-up friendly environment, with significant access to funding, support and incentives for growing ventures.

Abu Dhabi’s safe, tolerant and family-friendly environment is fostered by a world-class healthcare system that is striving to keep its citizens safe and healthy as well as a range of high-quality public and private schools and universities Those looking to purchase homes or investment properties will find an attractive and diverse real estate market, and property owners can now plan to retire in the Emirate if they wish to do so.

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