January 11, 2022 | xpath.global
Saudi Arabia has granted citizenship to a group of expats that includes doctors, clerics, and professors, making it the second Gulf Arab state to do so this year.
The declaration comes after a royal decree that offers citizenship to “experts and extraordinary worldwide talents” who would help the kingdom expand as part of its ambitious reform goals, according to state news agency SPA.
Foreigners in Saudi Arabia often hold renewable visas that are related to jobs and are only good for a few years.
The naturalization initiative will seek out individuals in Islamic scholarship, health, science, culture, sports, and technology with the purpose of cultivating and retaining extraordinary talent to assist realize Vision 2030 goals, according to SPA.