Mona Biswarupa Becomes First Artist From Odisha to Receive UAE’s Golden Visa
Mona Biswarupa Mohanty from Mayurbhanj district becomes the first artist from Odisha to receive UAE’s sought after ‘golden visa’ that permits a long-term resident status of up to 10 years.
This cultural visa is granted to talents in the field of arts, creative industries, literature and culture, heritage history, and cognitive studies. With the help of this, foreigners can live, work, and study in the West Asian country without needing a national sponsor. This also allows them 100 per cent ownership of their businesses on the country’s mainland.
Introduced in 2019, the UAE issues these visas for 5 or 10 years with an auto-renewal.
“A long-term residency gives me an opportunity for a more meaningful cultural exchange and possibilities of working on collaborative projects with other artists,” said Mohanty.
Having a diploma in fine arts from the School of Art and Crafts, Baripada, along with a bachelors and masters degree, Mohanty has been living in Dubai since 2007 working in the academic field as well as the design industry for about eight years. Currently, she is a self-employed art practitioner registered with the Dubai Economic Department.
“I see this as an opportunity to represent my country and culture and mingle with other cultures to contribute to the ever-growing global cultural heritage,” Mohanty added.