UAE nurses turn emotional after surprise Golden Visa upgrade

urses and medical staff, the unsung heroes of the UAE’s Covid-19 fight, were surprised to find their two-year validity of Emirates ID was extended to 10 years. Receiving the prestigious Golden Visa has become an unforgettable and cherished moment of their lives. It was in November last year that a government directive was announced to grant Golden Visas to frontline workers and their families.

On the day of Eid Al Adha, nurses share their joyous moments with Khaleej Times.

Hard work has been recognised

Arnold Flores Navales, team leader of outpatient department and deputy infection control nurse, Medeor, Abu Dhabi, felt surreal when he found his two-year validity upgraded to 10 years.

“It’s been the talk of the town since a year ago about the issuance of a Golden Visa for nurses. But two days ago, I came to know from my colleague about the change in status. So, I checked the federal app and found my visa has been extended for 10 years. It was an emotional moment. Our hard work has been recognised. It (the pandemic) was a difficult phase but I, like all my colleagues, made our way through paths fraught with danger. We succeeded as a team and we have been rewarded by the UAE government. Now, I am determined to continue serving here as long as I can.”

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