New scheme aims to attract talent to the UAE.

Business Reporter Shoshana knows her way around Europe and the Middle East with a notebook and video camera. She has worked as a multi-media journalist for Channel NewsAsia, Ruptly video news agency, the UN, and most recently, with 7Days in Dubai. She speaks Arabic and English and has degrees in Middle East History and Political Science.

A new visa entry system geared towards attracting professional talent to the Emirates was introduced on Sunday.

The new scheme will work to boost the global competitiveness of the tourism, health and education sectors, and will be introduced in a number of phases, a report carried by state news agency WAM said.

“The first phase includes tourism, health, and educational visas. The second phase will include talent acquisition in health, scientific, research, technical and cultural fields.”

The system was announced by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted after a parliament meeting on Sunday.

“Today I chaired a cabinet meeting at which we agreed on a new entry visa system that focuses on attracting exceptional talent,” the Dubai Ruler tweeted.

During the meeting, HH Sheikh Mohammed called for the creation of individual committees to determine which sectors will benefit most from the talent acquisition visa, the report said.

‘The new system aims to attract entrepreneurs, pioneers and talented minds in the medical, scientific, research, IT and intellectual sectors,” a later tweet in English said.

He said the new scheme aims to develop a culture of tolerance in the country, which acts as an incubator for talent and innovation.