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UAE citizenship for investors, professionals

Aimed at attracting bright minds that contribute to development and prosperity


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 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). The amendments allow retaining the current nationality.

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

The amendments specify the conditions that must be met in each category. For instance, investors are required to own property in the UAE. Doctors and specialists must be specialized 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 organization in his field of specialization.

Scientists are required to be active researchers in a university or research center 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 10 years. It is also mandatory to obtain a recommendation letter from recognized 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 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 awards. A recommendation letter from related government entities is mandatory as well.

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.

The UAE citizenship offers a wide range of benefits, including 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.

Citizenship can be withdrawn if any of the conditions are breached.