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Over 200 medics working at Dubai Health Authority have been granted 10-year Golden Visa as a reward for their contribution in the fight against COVID-19. By Tanvi Jain

 

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As a gesture to the corona warriors working round the clock to flatten the curve, UAE ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has granted 10-year Golden Visa to over 200 medical professionals employed at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).  

The Golden Visa that was introduced last year is generally granted to doctors, researchers, scientists, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs. However, according to the latest announcement, as a gift to the paramedics, the ruler has waived off all UAE visa fines, which also means no penalty will be charged on the ones that had expired before March 1, 2020.  

 

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“Brigadier General Al Kaabi: UAE visitors who have remained in the country and their visas expired in early March 2020, will also have their visit visas extended till the end of December 2020,” UAE Gov had earlier tweeted. 

Moreover, those whose entry and residency permits, Emirates ID and work permits, have expired and are willing to leave after May 18, will also not be charged any fine for another three months. However, this order will not stop any beneficiary from returning to the country, as and when they meet all the necessary conditions. Those who have received the visa include many Indian doctors as well. 

 

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The Indian Government has been sending doctors and other healthcare professionals to the UAE and Saudi Arabia to lend support in the fight against COVID-19. As per reports, it has recently allowed as many as 835 medical professionals to travel to Saudi Arabiaafter receiving a request from Riyadh.  

India has provided essential medical supplies to many West Asian countries on humanitarian grounds to support them in the fight against the pandemic. 

While India has unfortunately crossed the one lakh mark in terms of the number of Coronavirus cases recorded in the country so far, UAE’s number stands at 24,190, and Saudi Arabia has a total 57,345 cases as of now. 

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