New UAE residency policy: Foreign students can sponsor families

The announcement is one of several new decisions approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed at the first Cabinet meeting of the year

  
Panoramic View of Dubai Skyline at Sunrise. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Panoramic View of Dubai Skyline at Sunrise. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Foreign students in the UAE shall now be allowed to bring their families into the country, according to a new Cabinet decision that has been approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. 

A top education destination in the region, the UAE has more than 77 universities and tens of thousands of students, Sheikh Mohammed said as he announced the decision on Sunday.

The students’ families will be able to live with them in the Emirates, provided that they have sufficient income to support the move.

Taking to Twitter, the UAE Vice-President has announced the approval of a new debt strategy that would support the financial and banking sectors of the country.

An Emirates Tourism Council was also established to further boost the country’s domestic tourism campaign.

Sheikh Mohammed also approved a decision to promote a circular economy that would establish sustainability across different economy sectors in the UAE, adding that a new federal council was established to implement the policy.

He noted that the UAE is ranked 18th globally in the indicators of Soft Power, and number 11 in effectiveness indicators.

The Dubai Ruler added that UAE is one of the most active countries in the world. He said that the country aims to communicate with all people around the world to share the Emirati story in new ways, and to develop methods for the government to stay up to date with new media, which is more effective.

“We will continue our work, and our recovery, and UAE will be more powerful by the end of this year,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

"Heath will be our top priority, so we can continue our journey to the future," he added.

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