UAE to offer citizenship to select foreigners


Professionals in a number of categories will be eligible for an Emirati citizenship. Who can apply and how?

On Saturday, January 30, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced that the UAE has approved amendments to the citizenship law, that allow granting the UAE citizenship to investors, specialized talents and professionals including scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors and their families (spouse and children).

The new amendment also means that they can retain their current nationality and citizenship too.

‘’The new directives aim to attract talents that contribute to our development journey’’, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said.

Who is eligible?

  • Investors 
  • Doctors
  • Specialists
  • Inventors
  • Scientists
  • Creative talents
  • Intellectuals
  • Artists
  • The families of all above categories

What are the terms and conditions?

  1. Investors
    They are required to own a property in the UAE.
  2. Doctors and specialists
    They must be specialized in a unique scientific discipline or any other discipline that is highly required in the UAE. The applicant must have acknowledged scientific contribution, studies, and research of scientific value and practical experience of not less than 10 years, in addition to obtaining membership in a reputable organization in his field of specialization.
  3. Scientists
    hey are required to be an active researcher 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.
  4.  Inventors
    They 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 Economy Ministry.
  5. Creative talents
    They should be pioneers in the culture and art fields and winners of one or more international award(s). A recommendation letter from related government entities is mandatory as well.

However, you can only get the UAE citizenship via nomination from Ruler and Crown Prince’s Courts, Executive Councils, and the Cabinet based on federal entities nominations.