For the first time ever, expats are now able to obtain UAE citizenship.

In an announcement made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, outlined the decision was made to “attract talents” to the country to contribute in the continued development of the UAE.

“We adopted law amendments that allow granting the UAE citizenship to investors, specialised talents & professionals including scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors and their families,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“The new directives aim to attract talents that contribute to our development journey.

“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.”

Who is eligible to apply?

It seems at the moment those who are eligible to apply for Emirati citizenship includes investors, doctors, specialists, inventors, scientists, talents, intellectuals and artists. The families of those individuals who are in the listed categories are also permitted to apply alongside them.

There are specific stipulations in each category outlining the requirements needed. For example, if you’re a doctor or specialist you need to have at least 10 years’ experience practising and have worked for a reputable organisation.

Meanwhile, for those who are artists and intellectuals, they must be pioneering individuals in their fields and have won an international award.

Other requirements are also relevant to each individual category.

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