Published: 2021-01-30 13:15
Last Updated: 2021-04-12 23:08
Saturday, the UAE announced plans to formalize a process to grant some foreigners citizenship in efforts to stimulate the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The policy shift is aimed at attracting talent to the Emirates in order to facilitate growth, according to details published on the Emirates News Agency (WAM).
Foreigners make up over 80 percent of the population.
Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum announced Saturday that the offer applies to artists, authors, doctors, engineers, and scientists, as well as the families of those granted citizenship.
“We adopted law amendments that allow granting the UAE citizenship to investors, specialized talents & professionals including scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors and their families. The new directives aim to attract talents that contribute to our development journey, ” said Maktoum on Twitter.
He added that the Emirati cabinet, courts and executive councils will nominate those eligible for citizenship under a criteria set for each category, adding that the UAE will allow those who are granted Emirati citizenship to keep their existing passports.
According to WAM, the conditions for citizenship are:
Notably, in 2020 the UAE abolished the requirement for companies or establishments to have Emirati shareholders, which resulted in a major shake-up of foreign ownership laws aimed at attracting investment into an economy suffering from the repercussions of a pandemic and decreased oil prices.