Dubai Government has since 2019 started the process of granting what they term ‘Golden Visas’. These visas would allow expatriates to have hundred percent ownership of their business and they could live and work in the UAE without a national sponsor.
Since the last year, the Dubai Government has also handpicked a few celebrities and granted them the Golden Visa. The latest Bollywood celebrity to receive it is Bollywood actor Sonu Sood.
As per the rules, only leading entrepreneurs, investors or experts in their fields are eligible to apply for the Golden Visa.
Sonu seems to have received this Visa to honour his relentless work for social causes. Sonu Sood shared his excitement about receiving the Visa on his social media. The actor said, “I am incredibly honoured and grateful to the Dubai government for Golden Visa. Dubai has been one of my favourite destinations to visit. It is a dynamic place to thrive. I am thankful to the authorities for the privilege.”
Sonu Sood was on the frontline during the first nationwide lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was on the streets helping several migrant workers reach their homes and was actively involved in providing food, water and shelter to those who were on the streets trying to make their way back home on foot, as bus, trains, flights and all public transport systems were suspended.
Sonu Sood joins other Bollywood celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Dulquer Salman, Boney Kapoor, his children and his brother Sanjay Kapoor in the list of Bollywood celebrities who have received the Golden Visa from Dubai Government.