An artist from Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district has received the UAE’s coveted ”golden visa” or long-term residence visa for 10 years.
The long-term cultural visa is granted to talented people in the fields of arts, creative industries, literature and culture, heritage history, and cognitive studies.
Mona Biswarupa Mohanty has been a UAE resident since 2007. She applied for the Golden Visa on the basis of advice from a senior artist.
Mohanty is a fashion designer and came to the UAE in 2007 as a Lecturer for Manipal University in Dubai.
Initially, she worked in the fashion industry for eight years and designed abayas for a renowned brand. Later, she quit her day job and decided to dedicate her time to painting.
Apart from bachelors and masters degrees, She has a diploma in fine arts from the School of Art and Crafts Baripada.
“A long-term residency gives me an opportunity for a more meaningful cultural exchange and possibilities of working on collaborative projects with other artists,” Mohanty said.
“I see this as an opportunity to represent my country and culture. And also an opportunity to mingle with other cultures to contribute to the ever-growing global cultural heritage,” she added.
In 2019, the UAE implemented a new system. In this, these visas are issued for five or 10 years and renewed automatically.