UAE 'rules out citizenship for expats'
Dubai:, December 13, 2007
The UAE has ruled out any chance of expatriates being awarded citizenship - no matter how long they work in the Emirates, a report said.
Labour Minister Ali Abdulla Al Kaabi has flatly rejected calls to give foreign workers who have lived in the UAE for at least five years the option of applying for citizenship, stating that the contractual agreements they signed to allow them to work in the Emirates do not provide for this, it said.
“Just to make this clear, there is no provision in international law that requires any country to make available citizenship to workers after five years,” added Alex Zalami, international affairs advisor to Al Kaabi, speaking on behalf of the minister.
“That is the whole reason contractual labour laws are used, so workers fall under contractual law rather than immigration law.”