UAE to offer citizenship to select expats in rare move for Gulf

Dubai skyline including the world’s tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa GIUSEPPE CACACE AFP

Dubai (AFP)

The UAE announced Saturday it is opening a path to citizenship for select foreigners, in a rare move for the Gulf where the status and its welfare benefits are jealously guarded.

Dubai ruler and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum said “investors, specialised talents and professionals including scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors and their families” would be eligible for naturalisation under the new amendment.

“The UAE cabinet, local emiri courts and executive councils will nominate those eligible for the citizenship under clear criteria set for each category,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“The law allows receivers of the UAE passport to keep their existing citizenship.”
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