These long-term residency visas have been issued following a Cabinet resolution last year
17 January 2019| Last updated on 17 January 2019
The first 10-year residency visas have been distributed...
They've been granted to 20 scientists, including the winners of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence as well as those who were shortlisted for the medal.
Long-term residency visas were confirmed following a Cabinet resolution in 2018, but only to specialists and experts in medical, scientific, research and technical fields - as well as scientists and creative talents in culture and arts.
Now, with the awarding of these residency visas, the Cabinet decision has been put into force - and for these 20 scientists, their new 10 year UAE residency visas also include advantages for their spouse and children.
The names of the scientists were announced during the second annual meeting of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Academy of Scientists, in the presence of more than 150+ scientists from across the world, reported Gulf News. By doing so, the UAE's status as a major hub of attracting the best global talent is reinforced.
The list of scientists who have been granted the 10-year UAE residency visa include:
- Dr. Lihadh Al Gazali, Senior Consultant at the Clinical Genetics and Paediatrics at the UAE University who won the second edition of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence
- Dr Hassan Arafat, a professor at Khalifa University, who won the medal in its first edition in recognition of his contributions to scientific research and development of technology for water desalination and treatment based on renewable energy
- Dr. Omar Yaghi, Founding Director — Berkeley Global Science Institute, who received Lifetime Achievements Award for his scientific works
- Dr. Andrea Macchio. Associate Professor at the Physics Department and Head of the Physics Programme, New York University-Abu Dhabi
- Dr. Fikri Abu Zeedan, Professor and head the Incidents Research Group at the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University
- Dr. Enas Al Nashef, Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Khalifa University
- Professor Linda Zou, Khalifa University
- Dr. Afaf Kamal Al Deen, Professor at the Department of Food Science, UAE University
- Dr. Ala’a Al Dahhan, Professor at the Department of Geology in the UAE University
- Dr. Lourdes F. Vega, Honorary Professor at the Gas Research Centre, Khalifa University
- Dr Lakmal Seneviratne, director of Khalifa University Centre for Autonomous Robotic Systems at Khalifa University
- Professor Wesley Cantwell, Director of Aviation Innovation Research Centre (ARIC) and Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Khalifa University
- Dr. Ernesto Damiani, Founding Director of Khalifa University Centre of Physical Cyber Systems
- Dr. Galeb Al Hussaini, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head of Chemical Engineering at Dana Gas
- Dr. Abdul Rahim Nimar, Professor of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University
- Dr. Omar Amin, Professor of Biology at UAE University
- Dr. Ehab Al Saadani, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Khalifa University
- Dr. Abdo Adam, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University
- Dr Ernest Adghati, Professor at the Department of Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at UAE University
- Dr. Hatem Zeineldin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Khalifa University
Sara Yousuf Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, said: “Granting the 10-year residency visas reflects the vision of our wise leadership that aims to cement the UAE’s stature as a haven for brilliant minds and creative talents and emphasise the UAE’s leading role in recognising and honouring scientists and providing innovative solutions that serve humanity.”
She added: “We look forward to continue working for transforming the UAE into a global scientific centre, providing a stimulating environment for scientists to achieve a quantum jump in various scientific fields. This aligns with our strategy to establish an integrated scientific society able to meet all the needs of future development.”
The importance of issuing these long-term residency visas helps to serve the key goals of the UAE's agenda for advanced sciences, which aims to harness scientific research to help improve vital sectors that helps ensure the UAE continues to be a global competitor.