Almost Shed Tears: Long-time UAE Resident Brought Back on Golden Visa by President’s Personal Invitation

A chance encounter with 23-year-old Emirati filmmaker Nasser Saeed during a university project on National Day set off a chain of events that ultimately led to Dr. Welch receiving a prestigious Golden Visa from the UAE government

Chance Encounter Sparks Friendship Leading to Heartwarming Gesture from UAE Rulers



Dr. James Welch, an American professor whose tenure at Rabdan University in Abu Dhabi had drawn to a close, found himself at the center of an unexpected and heartwarming story of friendship and generosity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

A chance encounter with 23-year-old Emirati filmmaker Nasser Saeed during a university project on National Day set off a chain of events that ultimately led to Dr. Welch receiving a prestigious Golden Visa from the UAE government.

Nasser Saeed, intrigued by Dr. Welch’s deep affection for the UAE, captured his story in a short video that went viral, capturing the attention of not only netizens but also President Sheikh Mohamed himself. 

Dr. Welch, expressing his love for Abu Dhabi and his hopeful desire to return one day, could not have anticipated the outpouring of warmth and generosity that followed.

Just weeks after his departure from the UAE, Dr. Welch received a personal call from the governor’s officeextending a formal invitation for his return to Abu Dhabi. 

Overwhelmed by the unexpected gesture, Dr. Welch found himself back in Abu Dhabiinitially staying in an ordinary hotel before being pleasantly surprised by a transfer to a luxurious five-star accommodation and the granting of a golden residency.


Reflecting on his experience, Dr. Welch expressed his profound gratitude for the kindness and generosity shown to him, emphasizing the care and attention to detail exhibited by the UAE Rulers. “I was shocked. It was surprising; I almost shed tears,” he shared.

Despite reservations stemming from the conclusion of his teaching position at the university, Dr. Welch was reassured that he would be employed as a consultant, further cementing his ties to the UAE. 

He spoke fondly of the country and its leadership, highlighting their commitment not only to their own people but also to the residents of the nation.

“The Rulers here care not only for their people but also for the residents of this country,” Dr. Welch remarked, expressing his admiration for the leadership’s dedication to inclusivity and support.

The heartwarming story of Dr. James Welch’s unexpected royal invitation serves as a testament to the power of human connection and the spirit of generosity that permeates the UAE. 

It underscores the significance of chance encounters and the profound impact they can have on individuals’ lives, transcending borders and cultures to forge lasting friendships and foster mutual respect and appreciation.


This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our staff editorial members

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