UAE has announced recently that they will be offering citizenship for medical doctors, investors, scientists, skilled professionals and talented people along with the option to hold dual citizenship. It is one of a historic move that on Sunday 31st January 2021, UAE made major changes to the citizenship law which allowed naturalization to doctors, scientists, artists and talented people along with their families.
The decision of giving Emirati citizenship to people with exceptional talents along with their families is to boost the overall development process and to embrace them as a part of UAE society. These changes to the citizenship law were taken upon the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and were approved by the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on Saturday.
The categories of people who will be granted the citizenship was specified in the decision, under some conditions. Along with granting the citizenship, the law now allows them to even keep the current citizenship which was not the case before. This is considered to be as a major change into the previous rule which did not allowed people to have dual citizenship.
The requirements of citizenship to different individuals are:
Investors: They must own a property in the UAE.
Scientists: They must be have an active research in their field at any university, the university should be private or a research institute, the person should have at least 10 years of experience in the field, have scientific contributions and a recommendation letter by a credited scientific institute in the UAE.
Medical skilled professionals and doctors: They must have contributed to research and studies that have a scientific value in their field, be specialized in the scientific field that is in demand in UAE, have 10 year of experience in the same field and a membership in a professional organization.
Artists and Intellectuals: They must be pioneers in arts, culture and other talents with a minimum of one international award in the talents they have and a letter of recommendation from the UAE relevant bodies.
The conditions of the citizenship are stipulated under the new law, such as searing and oath taking in allegiance to the UAE, to respect the laws and regulations of the country. The changes further stated the rights of the individuals regarding buying their own land and real estate in UAE the decision also mentioned that in case of any violation in the conditions set by the law, the UAE citizenship might be stripped from those individuals or categories.
The new changes in the citizenship law of the UAE has put the country on par with many other developed counties that understand and appreciate the talents of individuals and award them with citizenship.