As part of the vision 2021, long-term residence permit will be available for special categories of foreign nationals which are identified as innovators. The length of the residence permit will vary between five to ten years depending on each category. I.e. entrepreneurs with a project approval from an accredited business incubator in the UAE will get a five years residence permit; as for foreign nationals with exceptional talents and researchers in the field of science and knowledge will be eligible for the ten year residence visa.
The long-term residence visas are not yet available, as the executive regulations and relevant ministerial resolutions have not been published in the Official Gazette, to date.