Frontline heroes and their families have thanked the UAE leadership for issuing directives that grant them the golden visa.
On Sunday, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, issued directives granting Golden Visas to frontline heroes and their families.
Those eligible to apply includes the families of fallen frontline heroes, and distinguished individuals whose extraordinary efforts helped protect the nation and its people throughout the Covid-19 pandemic said state media WAM.
Rani Elsa Oommen, chief nursing officer at VPS Healthcare, said, “This is a great decision taken by the UAE government to support the frontline workers. It is truly inspiring. UAE has become a role model in handling the pandemic by adopting several effective measures right from day one.”
Oommen was leading the group's nursing department throughout the pandemic. When the group decided to set up the dedicated Covid facility, she was responsible for coordinating the nursing team and training them to handle services.
She added, “The authorities provided free treatment and services to frontline workers considering their dedication and the new initiative is another milestone to celebrate. The decision will help to retain experienced medical professionals in the country by making available their service for a long term.”
Usually, nurses move from country to country in search of better opportunities. “Long-term residency program like this, is an initiative for those to stay here in the UAE. The country has set a model for the world through these novel initiatives. It's a proud and happy moment for all healthcare professionals,” said Oommen.