“The UAE cabinet, local Emiri courts and executive councils will nominate those eligible for the citizenship under clear criteria set for each category,” tweeted Dubai’s ruler and UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
“The law allows receivers of the UAE passport to keep their existing citizenship,” Sheikh Mohammed added.
As per Dubai ruler’s tweet, “The UAE cabinet, local Emiri courts & executive councils will nominate those eligible for the citizenship under clear criteria set for each category. The law allows receivers of the UAE passport to keep their existing citizenship.”
According to the Dubai Media Office, “The Cabinet also approved a resolution to allow foreign university students to invite their family members to come to the UAE, as long as they can afford suitable housing.”
The law detailed the terms and conditions upon which the citizenship can be granted:
Medical doctors and skilled professionals: Must be specialized in a unique scientific field that is needed by the UAE, have contributed to studies and research that have scientific value in their field, have 10 years of experience in that field in addition to a membership in a prestigious professional organization in his field.
Scientists: Must be an active researcher in their field at a university, a research institute or the private sector, have 10 years of experience in that field, have scientific contributions- such as having won a prestigious scientific award, or having secured significant funding for their research for 10 years, in addition to a recommendation letter from a credited scientific institute in the UAE.
Investors: Must own a property in the UAE
Inventors: they must have had at least one patent certified by the UAE Ministry of Economy or any accredited relevant international body, which has a real value to the UAE economy, in addition to a recommendation letter from the UAE Ministry of Economy.
Intellectuals and artists: they must be pioneers in culture, arts and other talents with at least one international award in those talents in addition to a recommendation letter from the UAE relevant bodies.
As per the passport index, the UAE passport currently holds the number 14th spot when it comes to the global ranking, with visa-free entry to 70 countries, and visa on arrival in 48 countries.
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