Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, made an announcement in October, during a meeting of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority that a long-term cultural visa has been launched in Dubai to attract artists, authors and innovators and establish Dubai as an incubator for regional and international talents.. Shaikh Mohammad said:
“Dubai’s cultural landscape should have global, unique and true characteristics. A global economic capital would not be successful without a cultural and civilized landscape that reflects its sophistication.
Luckily, Dubai has what it takes to be a global cultural destination and a key incubator for talent and creatives”
The visa is part of a significant new culture strategy which aims to position Dubai as a key creative hub.