A group of ‘brilliant’ foreigners is granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia has awarded citizenship to a group of ex-pats, including physicians, clerics, and professors, making it the second Gulf Arab state to do so this year.
According to state news agency SPA, the announcement follows a royal decree released last Thursday (Nov 11) that offers citizenship to “experts and extraordinary worldwide talents” who contribute to the kingdom’s progress under its ambitious reform plans. Foreigners in Saudi Arabia often hold renewable visas related to the job and are only good for a few years.
According to the SPA, the naturalisation programme will seek out individuals with expertise in Islamic scholarship, medicine, science, culture, sports, and technology to create an “attractive environment” for cultivating and retaining exceptional talent to help the country achieve its Vision 2030 goals.
Vision 2030 is a set of measures to create jobs and reduce Saudi Arabia’s reliance on oil. Muslim clerics who backed some of King Salman’s religious tolerance programmes, financial professionals, medical physicians, and academics who specialise in engineering, chemistry, and communications are among those who were recently naturalised, according to local news sources on Monday.
Saudi Arabia is making a move to become a regional economic centre and compete for global wealth and expertise.

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