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UAE Citizenship for Expats

UAE has come finally with the best news ever the world has been waiting to hear from ages. UAE has announced about granting UAE CITIZENSHIP to foreign nationals. UAE is one of the most secured and happening place in the world to live and with its booming economy and infrastructure the world was waiting to know when they can get the UAE citizenship. UAE already announced few rules and regulations in the month of November which has given relief to the expats to come and stay in this country. More over the citizenship is the cherry on the top for which the expats can plan to immigrate to this country and to stay forever with different facilities.

There are numerous reasons to stay in UAE forever.

  • Vast professional opportunities
  • Earnings are tax-free in the UAE other than the VAT
  • Perfect balance in between nature and city
  • Best planned city in the world.
  • Dubai is an international trading & financial hub.
  • Safety and security
  • Cultural growth

 Who can apply for the Citizenship

As per the announcement on 30th January 2021, UAE is looking for talented people who can bring growth and prosperity to this country and hence they are looking to attract the bright minds. In addition, it has been announced that the talented people can come to this country with their family.

As per the announcement, the authority has decided to provide citizenship to the following list of professionals:-

  • Investors
  • Doctors
  • Specialists
  • Inventors
  • Scientists
  • Talents
  • Intellectuals
  • Artists

UAE Citizenship for ExpatsWhat are the criteria to apply for the CITIZENSHIP for the announced professionals?

Investors-They must own a property in UAE. However, the value of the property is not declared.

Doctors/Specialist-Keeping in mind the better health and prosperity for the country the authority is looking for, the people who are having an experience of not less than 10 years in a unique scientific discipline or any other field, which is having high requirement in UAE. In addition, the professional must have acknowledged scientific contributions, research and studies of scientific values.


They need to be active researcher in a field, which can be a university, a research centre or a private sector with a minimum experience of 10 years in the related field. They also should have won prestigious awards against valuable contribution toward scientific research or should have gained substantial amount of funding for their research from last 10 years. They also need to obtain a recommendation letter from a scientific organisation in UAE.


They should have one or more patents, which should be approved by UAE Ministry of Economy or any International body. They must have a recommendation letter from the Ministry of Economy as well.


They must have one or more International Award in the field of Art and Creativity and should be pioneer in their own field. In addition to this, a recommendation letter from the Govt of origin country is mandatory.

Other requirements to get the Citizenship

Once the person qualifies for the citizenship he/she needs to go through swearing oath for commitment towards Emirati laws, allegiance and being transparent to the authority in case or gaining or losing any other citizenship.

A resident of UAE also can apply for the citizenship which needs the nominations from Ruler’s and Crown Prince Court, Executive Council and the Cabinet based on federal entities nominations.

Benefit of acquiring citizenship

All the hardship will be paid by gaining a wide range of benefits , including the right to establish or own commercial entities and properties. In addition to this, one can also retain his/her original citizenship.

Withdrawal of citizenship

The citizenship can be withdrawn upon breach of the conditions made while taking the citizenship.

This article is written by Ms Ananya Mukherjee, Senior Business Advisor at Flyingcolour Business Setup Services. If you have any query related to the new citizenship law in UAE or looking for making an investment in UAE then please feel free to contact us at +971 4 4542366 or mail your query at info(at)flyingcolour(dot)com.

*Please note that this article has been published on 02/15/2021 as per the federal policies and updates at the time of writing. For latest info please talk to our consultant.

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