A new long-term residency program called the 10-year UAE ‘Blue Residency’ has been unveiled, which could potentially open up numerous job opportunities for those passionate about environmental causes, according to experts. The experts believe that this visa will support climate advocates in pursuing their environmental interests while ensuring job security.

Dr Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment, emphasized that the visa aims to attract talented individuals in the field of sustainability and climate activism from around the globe.

Libbie Burtinshaw, head of Operations at business formation and support provider PRO Partner Group, noted that the new visa is expected to create employment prospects for professionals skilled or educated in sustainability-related areas such as environmental science and research. Additionally, the visa is anticipated to offer a sense of security to current residents.

Azeem Zainulbhai, co-founder and chief product officer at talent-on-demand platform Outsized, outlined the sectors that are likely to see job opportunities as a result of the ‘Blue Residency’. These include environmental, conservation, and governance (ECG) roles; sustainable development positions; marine life conservation opportunities; and employment in climate action initiatives.

Zainulbhai expressed confidence that these roles will play a crucial part in positioning the UAE as a leader in sustainability and environmental preservation.

The long-term residency visa can be applied for through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security. Applicants should possess expertise in a range of specialized fields related to environmental protection, as per the government's criteria. Additionally, it is mentioned that the visa aims to enhance opportunities for freelancers and consultants specializing in environmental and sustainability sectors by providing a stable and attractive operating base within the UAE.

Furthermore, it is highlighted that the UAE offers various long-term residency options, such as 10-year Golden Visas for investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, outstanding students, graduates, and humanitarian pioneers, as well as five-year Green Visas for skilled professionals, freelancers, investors, and entrepreneurs. These residency options respond to the global demand for work-life balance and job flexibility, making the UAE an attractive destination for dynamic and flexible talent.