UAE Blue Residency visa: Eligibility criteria and application process explained

by Tanvir Awan
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UAE Blue Residency visa:

In a groundbreaking move towards environmental conservation, the UAE has unveiled its latest initiative, the “Blue Residency” programme.

This innovative scheme offers a 10-year visa to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and contributions to safeguarding the environment.

Aptly named “Blue Residency” to symbolize the importance of preserving our planet’s oceans and ecosystems, this visa aims to honour those who have gone above and beyond in their sustainability endeavors.

The scope of the “Blue Residency” programme extends beyond the borders of the UAE, encompassing sustainability efforts on both local and global scales.

Who is eligible for 10-year Blue Residency?

Eligible candidates include supporters of environmental causes from various sectors, such as members of international corporations, associations, and non-governmental organizations.

Additionally, individuals who have received global recognition for their environmental achievements, as well as distinguished activists and researchers in the field, are eligible for consideration.

How to apply?

Prospective applicants for the “Blue Residency” are encouraged to submit their applications through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security.

Furthermore, relevant authorities have the opportunity to nominate individuals who exemplify exemplary commitment to environmental preservation. This initiative is part of the UAE’s broader sustainability agenda, aligning with its commitment to making 2024 the year of sustainability. Building upon the momentum of last year’s sustainability-focused initiatives, the UAE continues to champion collective efforts towards adopting eco-friendly practices and promoting environmental stewardship.

By instituting the “Blue Residency” programme, the UAE underscores its unwavering dedication to environmental conservation and underscores the crucial role of individuals in shaping a sustainable future for generations to come.

“The sustainability of our economy has become linked to the sustainability of our environment,” said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as he chaired a Cabinet meeting.

UAE’s environment conservation efforts

Dr. Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, stated that Cabinet approval of the “Blue Residency” reflects the UAE’s aim to enhance climate action and redouble environment conservation efforts in the country.

She said: “The approval of the Blue Residency comes in line with the Year of Sustainability, as it recognises the efforts of individuals who contribute to enriching climate and environmental work in the country. It also strengthens the UAE’s position as a global hub for sustainability and spotlights its role in creating climate-smart and environmentally friendly solutions. The approval of the residency will go a long way in supporting the country’s efforts to achieve Net Zero by 2050.”

She added: “We are working in cooperation with all relevant authorities in the UAE to implement its climate and environmental plans and support its national goals by engaging the private sector and community members in the country’s sustainable development. The Blue Residency will have a major role in attracting talents in the field including innovators, and climate champions from all over the world, who will contribute to the advancement of the UAE’s work in fostering a sustainable future for all.”

Empower CEO praises cabinet decision

Ahmad Bin Shafar, President of Dubai District Cooling Operators Association (DCOA) and CEO of Empower, said that the construction sector will see a transformative boom following the approval of the “Blue Residency Visa” initiative by the UAE Cabinet.

“The building, construction and real estate sectors are a real theater for sustainability and environmental conservation applications, including urban planning, engineering and architectural designs that allow for the environment, as well as building, decoration and furniture materials, whether recycled or manufactured with green standards, and heating and cooling processes that protect natural resources such as water and reduce electricity consumption,” said Empower’s CEO.

Bin Shafar pointed out that the building, construction, and real estate sectors directly feed more than 36 business activities that employ hundreds of thousands of people in various fields that contribute to promoting sustainability, green technologies, environmental protection, and circular economy chains.

Bin Shafar reaffirmed Empower’s commitment to keep working towards achieving national goals in sustainability by adopting AI-powered cooling plants and investing in 4th generation technologies to increase its reliance on AI and renewable energy.

On the sustainability front, Empower recently partnered with the American Society of Refrigeration, Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to develop the 3rd generation of district cooling plants. The partnership is one of the key outputs of Empower’s strategic roadmap to enhance the Organization’s and the UAE’s global leadership in district cooling. In addition to implementing state-of-the-art integrated infrastructure, Empower seeks to put forward sustainable ideas, solutions and future plans to enable decision makers to forge effective policies and strategies for smart and sustainable cities.

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