Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and chief of Dubai, tweeted on a social media platform on January 30 that in order to attract more talents to develop locally, the United Arab Emirates will relax the naturalization conditions and allow investors and scientists to , specialists and professionals including doctors, engineers, artists, writers, etc. and their families grant citizenship to the UAE.
According to the Associated Press, thousands of foreigners have left the United Arab Emirates due to the coronavirus epidemic and low oil prices. The public welfare benefits of the United Arab Emirates are very high.
The country has provided billions of dollars of free education, health care, housing loans and subsidies to about 1.4 million people.
However, only about one-seventh of the UAE’s more than 9 million people have citizenship.
Sebastian Usher, editor of the BBC Arab Affairs, said that the rise of the United Arab Emirates as a world financial and tourism center mainly depends on foreigners, who account for the majority of the resident population and more than 90% of the labor force.
The naturalization system of the United Arab Emirates is very strict.
Usually, only a few people have the application conditions.
Many people have been working and living here for decades and still cannot obtain citizenship and permanent residence rights.