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It is the first time that the UAE will give foreigners the opportunity to buy citizenship

March 10, 2021

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For the first time qualified specialists in various fields have the opportunity to acquire UAE citizenship. The Emirates will be the first Gulf country to grant its passports to foreigners for special skills, achievements and merits.

On January 30 this year, the agency WAM announced the changes to the law on acquiring UAE citizenship by foreigners on its portal. These changes in the bill are aimed to develop the country by attracting qualified personnel capable of contributing to the cultural, scientific and economic spheres. The rulers and executive councils of the Emirates will nominate the most suitable candidates for the UAE passport.

The terms of the UAE citizenship were approved by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister.

Scientists, inventors, technical and scientific developers wishing to become citizens of the UAE must have their inventions and discoveries patented in advance and then be approved by the UAE Ministry of Economy or any other authority of authority.

Representatives of creative industries, such as artists and writers, must be experts in the field of culture and art, as well as holders of one or more international awards. A letter of recommendation from the relevant government agencies is mandatory.

Foreigners, who meet the requirements, are to take an oath of allegiance to the country, and must comply with the laws of the Emirates and notify the authorized government agency in the case of registration or loss of the other passport.

UAE citizenship status grants a wide range of privileges, including the ability to start or own businesses and own real estate, in addition to any other benefits granted by the federal government after approval by the Cabinet of Ministers. Under the amendments, if the conditions and laws are violated, the foreigner will be deprived of citizenship.
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