Odisha Artist Receives UAE’s Coveted 10-Yr ‘Golden Visa’


Bhubaneswar: Artist Mona Biswarupa Mohanty has become the first Odia to receive UAE’s coveted 10-year ‘golden visa’, an official statement said.

Mona, from Odisha’s Baripada, has been living in Dubai since 2007 and engaged in the academics and design industry for the past 8 years. She has a diploma in fine arts from the School of Art and Crafts, Baripada.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, and did Masters Research Study in Fashion and Textile Design, Instituto Europeo di Design at Milan in Italy.

Later, in 2016, she left her design job to pursue her true calling, art.

The long-term cultural visa is granted to talents in the fields of arts, creative industries, literature and culture, heritage history and cognitive studies.

It enables foreigners to live, work and study in the West Asian country for 10 years without the need of a national sponsor and with 100 per cent ownership of their business on the UAE’s mainland.

In 2019, the UAE implemented the new system, in which these visas are issued for five or 10 years and renewed automatically.

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