Dubai: The UAE government will offer citizenship to a select group of people. UAE PM Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stated,
"We adopted law amendments that allow granting...citizenship to investors, specialised talents & professionals including scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors." "[Authorities] will nominate those eligible...under clear criteria set for each category," he added.
As per conditions for each category under amendments for UAE citizenship, investors must own a property in UAE. Doctors must be specialised in a unique scientific discipline with at least 10 years' experience. Scientists must be active researchers and should have recommendation letter from recognised UAE institution. Inventors must obtain one or more patents approved by UAE's Ministry of Economy.
- Scientists must be active researchers at a university, research centre or in the private sector, with practical experience of not less than 10 years. They should have contributions in their field, such as winning a prestigious award, or securing substantial funding for research in the past decade. It is also mandatory to obtain a recommendation letter from recognised scientific institutions in the UAE.
- Inventors are required to obtain one or more patents approved by the UAE’s ministry of economy or any reputable international body, in addition to a recommendation letter from the ministry.
- Individuals with creative talents, such as intellectuals and artists, should be pioneers in culture and arts and winners of one or more international awards. A recommendation letter from related government entities is mandatory.
After qualifying and before acquiring citizenship, the expatriates must swear an oath of allegiance, commit to abide by local laws and informing authorities in case they acquire or lose any other citizenship.
UAE citizenship offers a range of benefits, including the right to establish or own commercial entities and properties, and other benefits granted by federal authorities.