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NRI Businessman Rizwan Sajan becomes one of the first few foreigners to receive the 10-year visa

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The UAE has started issuing 10-year residence visas to select group of investors, professionals and scientists – as the country begins liberalising residency permits to gradually allow permanent residency

1. UAE has started issuing 10-year residence visas to select group of investors, entrepreneurs, professionals and scientists
2. Danube Group, owned by Rizwan Sajan and his family, has grown to become a Dh5.5 billion (US$1.5 billion) annual turnover conglomerate operating through 10 companies and in five business verticals
3. Rizwan Sajan, who has invested heavily in the UAE economy, is one of the first few foreigners to receive the 10-year visa
4. This is a major milestone in liberalising the UAE that will attract increased investment in to the country
Dubai, UAE. Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of the Dh5.5 billion (US$1,5 billion) annual turnover conglomerate, has become one of the first foreigners to receive the 10-year UAE residence visa, as the UAE further liberalises the country’s economy to attract more foreign investment.
He received the 10-year visa, stamped on his passport, from General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.
A Non-Resident Indian (NRI) entrepreneur, Rizwan Sajan came to the UAE in 1991 to earn a living and set up Danube Building Materials Trading in 1993 – at the age of 30.
By 2018, Danube Group grew to a conglomerate of ten companies operating in more than five business verticals building materials, real estate, home décor and interiors, fashion retail, manufacturing, joinery and food and beverage retail, with an annual turnover to the tune of Dh5.5 billion (US$1.5 billion) when the company celebrated its Silver Jubilee last year.

Today, his networth is estimated to be more than US$1 billion (Dh3.67 billion)
“This is a great moment as we have been waiting for this for a long time. I am grateful to the Almighty and the UAE’s visionary leadership for granting a 10-year visa to me,” Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of Danube Group, says.
“This is the beginning of a new chapter in the UAE economy as it further liberalises the economy to attract more investment. Initiatives such as the ten-year visa, 100 percent ownership of companies in selected economic sectors and finally the permanent residency – are some of the game-changing developments that will re-define our relationship with this wonderful land of opportunities.
“This is a great moment not only for me but for millions of foreigners living in this country. I’m sure the scope of these initiatives will expand gradually to include more investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, philanthropists, innovators and highly-skilled professionals.”
The UAE Government last year announced a package of reforms to grant a 10-year visa, 100 percent foreign ownership in companies in selected economic sectors. However, this was topped up with a Permanent Residency package announced a few weeks ago to more than 6,800 investors, businessmen, scientists and highly-skilled professionals, which is unprecedented in the GCC region.
Investors in public investments of at least Dh10 million are entitled to apply for a 10-year residence visa in the UAE.The investment may take many forms such as: a deposit of at least Dh10 million in an investment fund inside the country; establishing a company in the UAE with a capital of not less than Dh10 million; partnering in an existing or a new company with a share value of not less than Dh10 million; having a total investment of not less than Dh10 million in all areas mentioned, on condition that the investment in sectors other than real estate is not less than 60 per cent of the total investment. Persons with specialised talents – including specialised talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge such as doctors, specialists, scientists, inventors, as well as creative individuals in the field of culture and art are also eligible for the 10-year visa. The visa advantage extends to the spouse and children. All categories are