Recent changes to UAE law allow children of Emirati women married to foreign fathers to apply for Emirati citizenship when their child turns six
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has granted UAE citizenship to 3,354 children of Emirati mothers.
The children are sons and daughters of Emirati women married to foreign fathers. They take their father's nationality at birth and are then entitled to apply for an UAE passport when they turn 18.
However, recent changes in law mean that mothers can now apply for Emirati citizenship when their child turns six. The amendment means children can avail of education and jobs offered to UAE citizens.
In a statement, the authority said all 3,354 applications received were reviewed and met with citizenship application requirements and conditions, in accordance with legal provisions and in coordination with the concerned authorities.
In addition, it said procedures were completed following the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa and the continued monitoring by Sheikh Mansour, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The authority said the granting of citizenship was as a result of the UAE President's directives to fast-track efforts and procedures for all eligible persons are completed, ensuring their inclusion in the UAE social fabric.