DUBAI 31 January 2021: The United Arab Emirates has approved amendments to the Executive Regulation of the Federal Law concerning Nationality and Passports allowing investors, professionals, special talents and their families to acquire the Emirati nationality and passport under certain conditions.
The step aims at appreciating the talents and competencies present in the UAE and attracting more bright minds to the Emirati community in a way that contributes to the development and prosperity of the country.
Categories that can qualify to acquire the Emirati nationality include: investors, doctors, specialists, inventors, scientists, talents, intellectuals, artists and their families (spouse and children), meanwhile the amendments allow retaining the current nationality.
Acquiring the Emirati citizenship will be done through nominations from Rulers and Crown Princes Courts, Executive Councils, and the Cabinet based on federal entities nominations, said official news agency Wam.
Conditions for granting citizenship Under the directive of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Cabinet chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, approved the amendments of the Executive Regulation of the Federal Law concerning Nationality and Passports.
The amendments specified the conditions that must be met in each category such as: Investors are required to own a property in the UAE.
Doctors and specialists must be specialised in a unique scientific discipline or any other scientific principles that are highly required in the UAE, the applicant must have acknowledged scientific contributions, studies and research of scientific value and a practical experience of not less than 10 years, in addition to obtaining membership in a reputable organisation in his field of specialisation.
Scientists are required to be an active researcher in a university or research centre or in the private sector, with a practical experience of not less than 10 years in the same field. They also should have contributions in the scientific field such as winning a prestigious scientific award, or securing substantial funding for their research during the past ten years, it is also mandatory to obtain a recommendation letter from recognised scientific institutions in the UAE.
Inventors who are willing to acquire Emirati citizenship are required to obtain one or more patents that are approved by the UAE Ministry of Economy or any other reputable international body, in addition to a recommendation letter from the Economy Ministry.
Individuals with creative talents such as intellectuals and artists should be pioneers in the culture and art fields and winners of one or more international award. A recommendation letter from related government entities is mandatory as well.
In case of qualifying, and before acquiring the citizenship, other requirements include swearing the oath of allegiance, committing to abide by the Emirati laws and officially informing the respective government agency in case of acquiring or losing any other citizenship are mandated.
The UAE citizenship offers a wide range of benefits includes the right to establish or own commercial entities and properties, in addition to any other benefits granted by federal authorities after the approval of the Cabinet or local authorities.
As per the amendments, the citizenship can be withdrawn upon breach of the conditions.
Acquiring the Emirati citizenship will be done through Rulers and Crown Princes Courts, Executive Councils, and the Cabinet based on federal entities nominations.
Analysis: UAE citizenship law amendments reflect focus on diversity, tolerance
Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of Wam, said the UAE keeps issuing decisions that enhance its proactive strategy for the next 50 years based on diversity and tolerance. These decisions seek to attract the brightest minds, cultivate talent and support businesses.
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.
This decision, and similar previous ones, mirror the UAE’s approach, aimed at preserving the diversity and tolerance of its society as a fundamental pillar and a top priority in its policy towards building a generation that has top-notch capabilities, including talents in science, economics, arts and culture.
This can only be accomplished by embracing a diversified and tolerant environment, which the UAE, since its inception, has devoted all its attention and confidence.
These amendments also seek to promote a sustainable environment in the economy and embrace science, and these are two main pillars of the development for any country.
The new amendments also reflect the wise vision to continue the development journey for the next 50 years, and is an appreciation of the minds that have contributed in building our country and chose it as their destination to unleash their talents. The UAE, on the other hand, provides them with a stimulating environment, a world-class infrastructure and a competitive work environment.
Appreciating competencies and enabling their stability is one of the most important catalysts for nation-building, and that is notably reflected in the wisdom of the UAE government’s decision, as it is moving fast towards achieving its visions for the economy, society and human development.