UAE adopts amendments to allow citizenship to investors

Clay Curtis
January 30, 2021

Di Golden Visa na for to top graduates from UAE accredited universities wey get GPA of 3.8 and above.

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

"The new directives aim to attract talents that contribute to our development journey", he said.

The UAE previously gave citizenship to Palestinians and others who helped form the country's government after its formation in 1971.

According to details of the policy which was published on state news agency (WAM), the major policy shift is aimed at attracting talent to the UAE in a way that will boost growth.

Those who will be granted citizenship will also be allowed to keep their existing citizenship, according to the new law, he added.

In a historic move, UAE on Saturday announced major changes to its citizenship law, allowing for the naturalisation of foreign investors, doctors, scientists, artists and talented people and their families, Gulf News reported.

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This approach was, again, reflected by a law amendment, approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to allow investors, professionals, special talents and their families to acquire the Emirati citizenship and passport.

As for medical doctors and skilled professionals, they are required to specialise in a unique scientific field that is needed by the UAE, while having contributed to studies and research that have scientific value in their field. In addition they are to possess 10 years of experience in that field and a membership in a prestigious professional organisation in thier field.

Individuals with creative talents such as intellectuals and artists should be pioneers in the culture and art fields and winners of one or more worldwide awards. Significantly, the UAE comprises seven sheikhdoms, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

A picture taken on January 22, 2021 shows Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the United Arabic Emirates.

The law detailed the terms and conditions upon which the citizenship can be granted.

As per the amendments, the citizenship can be withdrawn upon breach of the conditions. It is also mandatory to obtain a recommendation letter from recognised scientific institutions in the UAE.

Due to the decline in oil prices and the pandemic, many foreigners have been forced to leave the emirates, mainly salaried.

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