Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday that it was paving the way for selected foreigners to acquire citizenship, which is rare in the Gulf, where status and benefits are jealously protected.
The ruler of Dubai and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum, said “investors, specialist talents and professionals including scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, writers and their families” could in the Naturalized under the new amendment.
“The UAE cabinet, local Emiri courts and executive boards will designate those eligible for citizenship according to clear criteria set for each category,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
“The law allows UAE passport recipients to retain their existing citizenship.”
The UAE government said the amendment to the citizenship law is aimed at “recognizing the talent and skills in the UAE and attracting smarter minds to the Emirati community”.
Citizens make up a small minority of the UAE’s population that is home to large numbers of migrant workers, mostly from South Asia, some of whom are second or third generation residents.
The UAE also has a growing community of wealthy expats, drawn to the low tax regime and the luxury mega-projects and tourist attractions of the larger Emirates.
The affluent oil states of the Gulf have long guaranteed their citizens a high standard of living through reserved jobs and a cradle of the serious welfare system.
To protect it, they rarely allowed naturalizations.
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