Coronavirus: ninety Dubai doctors awarded golden card visas for work during pandemic

Dozens of doctors given 10-year residency for their efforts at Dubai children's hospital

Ninety Dubai doctors have been awarded 10-year golden card residency visas in recognition of their efforts to support young patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The medics - all at Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital in the emirate - have been honoured for the quality of care they have provided during a challenging period for the country's health sector.

They are the latest healthcare professionals to receive the long-term visas under the golden card scheme launched by Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, in May of last year.

“It is not only an appreciation to the doctors that received it but to each and every team member in Al Jalila Children’s and for the hospital as a whole,” said Dr Abdulla Al Khayat, the hospital’s chief executive.

“This generous gesture gives us great motivation to continue working tirelessly to provide the highest level of quality care to our young patients and their families.”

In May, 212 medics were given similar recognition for their work during the pandemic, following up on the 6,800 investors and residents from 70 countries chosen to receive the visa last year.

Since opening in 2016, the 200-bed hospital has treated hundreds of children and adolescents up to the age 18 for sometimes complex medical conditions.


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