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UAE to offer citizenship to selected expats to boost growth

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday announced plans to grant citizenship to expatriates as part of efforts to stimulate its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, on Saturday said the offer could apply to artists, authors, doctors, engineers, and scientists, as well as their families.

Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter that “We adopted law amendments that allow granting the UAE citizenship to investors, specialized talents & professionals including scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors, and their families. The new directives aim to attract talent that contributes to our development journey,”

“The UAE cabinet, local courts, and executive councils will nominate those eligible for citizenship under the criteria set for each category. The law allows recipients of UAE passports to keep their existing citizenship,” he added.

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