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UAE gov't adopts amendments to grant citizenship to investors and other professionals

UAE gov't adopts amendments to grant citizenship to investors and other professionals”

Saturday's announcement by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai who also serves as the autocratic nation's prime minister and vice-president, said the offer could apply to artists, authors, doctors, engineers and scientists, as well as their families.

The UAE government said the amendment to the citizenship law "aims at appreciating the talents and competencies present in the UAE and attracting more bright minds to the Emirati community". "The new directives aim to attract talents that contribute to our development journey".

Acquiring the Emirati citizenship will be done through nominations from Rulers and Crown Princes Courts, Executive Councils, and the Cabinet based on federal entities' nominations.

"The law allows receivers of the UAE passport to keep their existing citizenship", he added.

It was however unclear if the new passport holders would benefit from the public welfare system.

Investors are required to own a property in the UAE to get citizenship.

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Foreign residents make up more than 80% of the population of the UAE's seven sheikhdoms and have been a mainstay of the UAE economy for decades but have lacked a clear path to citizenship, including if they were born and raised in the country. In addition they are to possess 10 years of experience in that field and a membership in a prestigious professional organisation in thier field.

Secondly, the intellectuals and artists, who are required to be pioneers in culture, arts and other talents with at least one global award in those talents in addition to a recommendation letter from the UAE relevant bodies.

As per the amendments, the citizenship can be withdrawn upon breach of the conditions.

Foreigners in the UAE usually have renewable visas valid for only a few years and tied to employment. It is also mandatory to obtain a recommendation letter from recognised scientific institutions in the UAE. The government has previously made its visa policy more flexible, offering longer residencies for certain types of investors, students and professionals.

Thousands of expatriates left the UAE after its economy was hit hard by the pandemic and low oil prices.



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