Elite athletes and talented individuals within the sports field are invited to apply for the Sports Golden Visa in Abu Dhabi. The visa includes the sponsorship of spouses and children. 
Duration
10 years
Criteria

You are eligible if you fulfill the following criteria:

  • Belong in one of the following categories:
    • Players
    • Trainers
    • Referees
    • Sports therapists and physicians
    • Sports talents
    • Sports celebrities and local and international public sports figures

Players:

You are eligible if you fulfil the following criteria:

  • Must be free of any sports sanctions related to doping that resulted in suspension
  • Must have achieved outstanding excellence in the athletic field locally, regionally or globally
  • Must submit evidence of a local, regional or an international award
  • Must be a member of a local or international sports organisation

You have to provide the following documents:

  • A recommendation letter from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Trainers:

You are eligible if you fulfil the following criteria:

  • Must have trained a local or international player or team with a tangible and remarkable role so that the player or the team made a significant achievement
  • Have a certificate of experience, approved by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

You have to provide the following documents:

  • A recommendation letter from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Sports therapists and physicians :

You are eligible if you fulfil the following criteria:

  • Must have a scientific degree, Master or PhD, in sports sciences, accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education
  • Must have received an award or certificates of appreciation
  • Must have made contributions in scientific research
  • Must have a membership with an international sports organisation

You have to provide the following documents:

  • A recommendation letter from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Referees:

You are eligible if you fulfil the following criteria:

  • Must have managed matches in local and international championships
  • Must have an award in the sports referee field
  • Must have a certified membership with an international sports organisation

You have to provide the following documents:

  • A recommendation letter from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Sport talents:

You are eligible if you fulfil the following criteria:

  • Must have an award in any sports field
  • Must have showed outstanding sports excellence or has assumed or assuming a sports leading position

You have to provide the following documents:

  • A recommendation letter from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Sports celebrities and local and international public sports figures:

  • Have a long service in sport clubs
  • Must have assumed a leading position in a club in Abu Dhabi or international sports federations, committees or organisations

You have to provide the following documents:

  • A recommendation letter from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council
How to Apply

Click here to apply for your Golden Visa through Abu Dhabi Residents Office

Additionally, applicants can also submit their application online through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) at: https://icp.gov.ae
For any further inquiries, you may contact us via email on: ADGoldenVisa@adro.gov.ae

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