Sanjay Dutt latest star to receive UAE golden visa

The popular Bollywood actor says he feels 'honoured'

Sanjay Dutt has received a UAE golden visa. AFP
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Indian actor Sanjay Dutt is the latest star to be awarded a UAE golden visa.

The Bollywood actor of the popular Munna Bhai film series, who splits his time between the UAE and India, announced the news on Instagram on Wednesday, saying he felt "honoured".

“Honoured to have received a golden visa for the UAE in the presence of Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director General of @gdrfadubai,” he wrote. “Thanking him along with the @uaegov for the honour. Also grateful to Mr Hamad Obaidalla, COO of @flydubai for his support.”

Dutt joins a host of other global stars to be awarded the golden visa, including footballer Ronaldinho and Egyptian rapper and actor Mohamed Ramadan.

The golden visa grants the recipient a 10-year residency in the UAE, and is awarded as a recognition of a person's contribution to a number of categories, including culture and art.

Dutt has been residing in the UAE after receiving treatment for cancer in Dubai last year. The star announced in October that he had overcome the disease.

"The last few weeks were [a] very difficult time for my family and me," he posted on Twitter.

"But like they say, God gives the hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. And today, on the occasion of my kid's birthday, I am happy to come out victorious from this battle and be able to give them the best gift I can – the health and well-being of our family.

"This wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering faith and support from all of you. I am eternally grateful to my family, friends and all of the fans who have stood by me and been my source of strength through this trying time. Thank you for the love, kindness and countless blessings that you have sent my way."