The UAE will issue Golden Visas to eligible frontline workers in the country, along with their families.
It follows a directive issued by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Sunday.
Additionally, the long-term visas will also be granted to families of fallen frontline heroes in recognition of their services to the nation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the FHO, those who qualify as frontline workers include those working in healthcare facilities as well as on prevention and protection activities. At healthcare facilities, those who qualify include staff involved in the frontline response against COVID-19 pandemic including doctors, nurses, allied healthcare professionals (lab technicians, respiratory therapists, radiographers), housekeeping, cleaning, waste disposal and other exposed staff (e.g. porters, security, catering, administrative, pharmacists) as well as fallen frontline heroes (deceased workers).
The prevention and protection personnel eligible include crisis management employees involved, security and emergency services employees involved, humanitarian entities and volunteers as well as sterilization employees involved in frontline operations.
Among the many incentives announced by the office since its formation include an initiative in January this year to provide expanded medical insurance coverage to the nation’s underprivileged frontline heroes and their immediate families.