The "Dubai Gaming Visa" aims to encourage gamers to develop and enhance their skills
The "Dubai Gaming Visa" aims to encourage gamers to develop and enhance their skillsYaroslav Astakhov/Shutterstock.com

Dubai Launches Gaming Visa To Attract Top Talent & Become Global Gaming Hub

The emirates hopes to add 30,000 new jobs in the esports and e-gaming sector by 2033

The emirate of Dubai has launched a “Dubai Gaming Visa” to attract top talent from the gaming industry and position the city as a global hub of gaming.

As part of its “Dubai Program for Gaming 2033” (DPG33), the visa aims to encourage gamers to develop and enhance their skills, while providing a slew of investment opportunities to help them turn their innovative ideas into successful projects. The visa will grant long-term residency to gamers, content creators and industry professionals from around the world. Successful applicants will also receive a Creative and Talented Accreditation Certificate that will enhance their professional profile.

The Dubai Creek at night
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The emirate hopes to add 30,000 new jobs linked to the e-gaming sector by 2033 and have the industry contribute an estimated USD 1 billion towards Dubai’s GDP by that year. They plan to support the burgeoning gaming sector by organising and hosting a range of initiatives, events and exhibitions to reach that goal. DPG33 will provide funding, mentorship and networking opportunities for aspiring game entrepreneurs and startups while also providing a platform to local talent through educational programmes, workshops and events.

The “Dubai Gaming Visa” is one among several multi-year cultural visa categories granted by Dubai Culture and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai to writers, thinkers, authors, artists, intellectuals and those with creative skills to establish the city as a leading destination for living, entertainment and employment.

The “Dubai Gaming Visa” is one among several multi-year cultural visa categories
The “Dubai Gaming Visa” is one among several multi-year cultural visa categories Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.com

Some of the criteria to apply for the visa includes:

  1. Being at least 25 years old.

  2. Having a certified track record in the gaming industry as a creator, developer or other relevant roles.

  3. Having a comprehensive gaming-related CV.

Applicants should log onto the official Dubai Gaming website for further updates. Those interested in acquiring a Creative and Talented Accreditation Certificate can apply here.

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