The Commonwealth of Dominica recently opened its doors to citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a ceremony at its newly established embassy in the Middle Eastern country’s capital.
Speaking at the opening ceremony on January 21, Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit said the embassy will service a ‘small but dynamic’ community of Dominican economic citizens, which is growing due to the island’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme.
“Thanks to the Citizenship by Investment programme, Dominica already has a small but dynamic population resident in the UAE and contributing to the dynamism of its service sector and to sustainable development at home,” he emphasised.
Furthermore, he added that the new Dominican Embassy in Abu Dhabi will serve as “a crucial link between what is in effect the Dominican diaspora here in the UAE and the homeland”.
Middle Eastern families and single people can obtain Dominican citizenship after making an investment into the island’s economy and, more importantly, passing all the due diligence checks. Applicants can choose either making a minimum US$100,000 contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund or an investment of at least US$200,000 in pre-approved real estate, comprising a selection of luxury hotels.
With a growing number of economic citizens from the UAE, the Dominican Embassy in Abu Dhabi will provide consular services to Dominican nationals, issuance of documentation, emergency notices, tourism advice, and other services.
Dominica guarantees CBI applicants valuable citizenship benefits, including family security, visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to 140 destinations, and growing business opportunities.
The Dominican Government has appointed Ambassador Hubert John Charles to head the mission the Abu Dhabi, having served previously as ambassador to the United States. He was also the permanent representative of Dominica at the Organization of American States.