(This article is authored by Alar)
In line with several iconic celebrities, Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan has become the latest icon to receive the 'golden' honour from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as he has been conferred with the 'Golden Visa' by the Emirati government. The prestigious visa was awarded to Kamal Haasan on Thursday - June 30 and this visa comes with the validity of ten years.
According to reports, Kamal Haasan was one of the first to receive the Golden Visa. However, the conferment was deferred due to the Covid pandemic and the legendary actor had got also been busy with the shooting schedule. Kamal Haasan was recently in Dubai to promote his latest blockbuster 'Vikram' and the teaser of Vikram was projected on the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa as part of the promotions.
It has been reported that the movie went well, becoming one of the highest-earning Tamil films in the UAE. A slew of celebrities in India including Mammootty, Mohanlal, Prithviraj, Dulquer Salman, Parthiban, Meera Jasmine, Trisha, Amala Paul, Lakshmi Roy, Kajal Agarwal, Pranita, Andrea, Nasser, AR Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, and Boney Kapoor have been the recipients of the Golden Visa.
The picture of Kamal Haasan receiving the Golden visa has been going viral on social media. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had earlier approved the issuance of a 10-year Golden visa for professionals in a bid to keep the talented people and great minds in the Gulf country and help in nation-building.
What is the Golden Visa:
The Golden Visa initiative was created in 2019 to recruit and retain talent from across the world, as well as to showcase the UAE as an excellent place to live and work. These visas are valid for ten years and are automatically renewed.
The official website of the UAE said that The Golden Visa is a long-term residence visa that enables foreign talents to live and work or study in the UAE while enjoying exclusive benefits. Investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, outstanding students and graduates, humanitarian pioneers, and frontline heroes are amongst those eligible for the Golden visa.
This visa enables one to work or study in UAE while enjoying exclusive benefits, only for those with exclusive talents. Movie actors fall under the 'Persons with specialized talents' category while creative individuals in culture can be allocated a visa if they get accredited by the UAE's Ministry of Culture and Youth.
#UAE’s prestigious 10-year #GoldenVisa given to #KamalHaasan. @ikamalhaasan was one of the first to be recommended for it, but due to pandemic and his busy shooting schedule he could not go. pic.twitter.com/fmNemyx1ZG— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) June 30, 2022