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Apply for a Cultural Visa

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The cultural visa is the global-first renewable long-term visa with a 10 year-span. It was approved in 2019 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to confirm Dubai's position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a thriving hub for talent. The cultural visa is granted to creative talents in the fields of literature, culture, arts, heritage, historical, cognitive and intellectual studies, and creative industries by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and in coordination with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai following the fulfilment of all the required criteria and conditions. To obtain the cultural visa, please send all required documents to

Required Documents

  • A copy of the passport and the residency visa page
  • A copy of the Emirates ID
  • The applicant's cultural CV
  • Contact numbers
  • Address and place of residence

Terms and Conditions

Dubai Culture reserves the right to amend or remove any of the terms stipulated in this document‭, ‬or add on to them‭, ‬at any time‭ ‬as it deems appropriate‭.‬‬‬‬‬

Obtaining an approval or a permit issuance from Dubai Culture does not comprise a final approval‭; ‬it is a conditional approval as part of the required procedures to obtain other approvals from local and/or federal authorities concerned with issuing the visa‭.‬‬‬


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