UAE Announces Citizenship for Doctors, Nurses, Other Professionals

In an unprecedented move the UAE has approved amendments to her citizenship law allowing doctors, investors, professionals, special talents and their families to acquire the Emirati nationality and passport after meeting stipulated certain.

Who is qualified and what are the conditions?

The following are the list of qualified professionals and the conditions they are expected to meet


Foreign nationals who are interested in obtaining an Emirati citizenship must own a property in the UAE.

Doctors and Specialists

Foreign doctors who want need to be specialised in a unique scientific discipline or in any other specialties that are highly required in the UAE. The applicant must have acknowledged scientific contributions, studies and research of scientific value and a practical experience of not less than 10 years, in addition to obtaining membership in a reputable organisation in his field of specialisation according to Newspapers publications


Those who are in the academic field are required to be active researchers in a university or research centre or in the private sector, with a practical experience of not less than 10 years in the same field. According to the set conditions, they are also expected to 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 recognised scientific institutions in the UAE according to Newspapers.


Inventors 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.

Creative talents

Intellectuals and artists 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.

Other requirements

In case one qualifies, other requirements include swearing the oath of allegiance; committing to abide by the Emirati laws; and officially informing the respective government agency in case of acquiring or losing any other citizenship.

Can the citizenship be withdrawn?

As per the amendments, the citizenship can be withdrawn upon breach of the conditions.

Can one retain his/her original citizenship?

Yes, you are allowed to hold your home country passport

Can a resident apply for citizenship?

Acquiring the Emirati citizenship will be done through nominations from Rulers’ and Crown Princes’ Courts, Executive Councils, and the Cabinet based on federal entities nominations.

What are the benefits?

The UAE citizenship offers a wide range of benefits, including the right to establish or own commercial entities and properties.

Credit: Khaleej Times

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