About UAE Residency & Citizenship by Investment
04/27/2022

About UAE Residency & Citizenship by Investment

Exciting times ahead as it is now possible to obtain UAE residency and citizenship through investments in specific industries approved by the government.

The UAE government announced in February 2021 that they will allow qualifying investors and people with special talents to be naturalized, along with their families. This includes real estate and special contribution towards the economy of the UAE. The Citizenship by Investment program entitles an individual to various benefits such as family security, improved quality of life, better education for children and oneself, and many more.           

Who are Eligible to Apply?

Investors having no less than AED 10 million worth of public investment, either in the form of an investment fund or a company can apply for the 10-year visa. However, at least 60% of the total investment must be in sectors other than real estate and the invested amount must not be loaned. Also, the investor must invest in a property of a gross value of not less than AED 5 million and must be able to retain the investment for a minimum of three years as well. The long-term visa can also include the holder’s spouse and children, as well as one executive director and one advisor.

Entrepreneurs partnering in an existing or new company with a share value of not less than AED 10 million or having an existing project with a minimum capital of AED 10 million, or those who have the approval of an accredited business incubator in the country are eligible to apply for the Business Investor visa.

Besides investors and entrepreneurs, individuals with outstanding talents the likes of doctors, researchers, scientists, medical professionals, and exceptional high school and university students can also apply for the visa. These individuals may be granted a 10-year visa following accreditations granted by their respective departments and fields, and the visa will also be extended to their spouses and children.

Three-year Investor Visa

Investors can expect to receive residency in exchange for their investment in real estate through the three-year investor visa. The requirement for the three-year investor visa is a qualifying investment of at least AED 750,000 plus associated admin and processing costs. Family members are also eligible for residence.

Five-year Retirement Visa

The retirement visa category will allow them to take up residence in any emirate and benefit from the same government benefits and incentives as UAE nationals.

Investors above the age of 55 can take up residence in any emirate and benefit from the same government benefits and incentives as UAE nationals by making a substantial investment to the country. With the 5-year retirement visa scheme, individuals that meet any one of the below financial requirements can renew their 5-year visa:

  • Invest in Dubai property worth Dh2,000,000 ($542,000)
  • Have savings worth at least Dh1,000,000 ($271,000)
  • Have an active income of at least Dh20,000 ($5,417) per month.

What are the Benefits of having a UAE Residence Visa?

As a UAE resident you are entitled to several benefits and perks that give you a special status in this country:

1. Sponsor family members and relatives

2. Enroll their kids in both government and private schools

3. Avail banking services, such as opening a bank account

4. Facility to do business in the country

5. Enjoy visa-free travel to certain countries

6. Qualify to receive government health services

7. Better career and investment opportunities

8. Apply for a UAE driver’s license.

Investing with Dubai Properties

Whether the purchase is for living oneself or for rental purposes, it’s critical to invest with a developer who knows the lay of the land because earning a good return on real-estate investment is reliant on buying a property in the right location.

We, at Dubai Properties, have more than 16 years of experience in the market and have developed a large inventory of residential communities in some of the city's most sought-after locations. We have a proven track record of creating enduringly popular neighborhoods where renters want to live, work, and play because of our high standards for concepting and construction. We provide turnkey services for buy-to-let investors, including home insurance, DEWA registration, as well as tenant concerns and community maintenance.

Best Property Investment in Dubai - Where Should Investors Look?

Dubai Properties has a portfolio of premium properties for sale in prime locations across Dubai and can advise prospective investors according to their individual needs and interests.

Take a look at Dubai Properties’ real estate developments, spanning luxury, mid-level, and affordable categories, offering investors plenty of profitable investment options:

  • Residential Communities in DUBAILANDMudon, Remraam, and Villanova are designed to cater to the needs of modern families while preserving communal living values. 
  • A Choice of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom Apartments in Business Bay & Downtown Dubai - Bellevue Towers offers a fresh perspective in luxury apartment living in Dubai
  • Exclusive Waterfront Properties in JBR – Exclusive access to world-class lifestyle venues in Jumeirah Beach Residence premium apartments and Penthouses at La Vie.

To learn more about the various real estate investment options offered by Dubai Properties, or to speak to one of our experts about purchasing a retirement property, contact us today. 

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