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Abu Dhabi launches new office to address residency requirements of expats

Abu Dhabi launches new office to address residency requirements of expats

The Abu Dhabi Residents Office will operate as a division of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development

Abu Dhabi Residents Office

The Abu Dhabi Executive Committee on Wednesday approved the launch of the Abu Dhabi Residents Office that will provide smart services for Golden Visa applications and enquiries, as well as offer information on moving to and living in Abu Dhabi.

The office will operate as a division of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), and streamline existing programmes in partnership with government and non-government entities, according to a statement issued by the state-run Abu Dhabi Media Office.

Abu Dhabi is home to more than 2.2 million expatriates of over 200 nationalities. It has been named the best Middle East city for expatriates and ranked the 10th most popular city for expatriates globally, particularly performing well on the Getting Settled Index and Finance & Housing Index, according to the 2020 InterNations Expat City Ranking of 66 cities.

The emirate was also ranked as the 5th most preferred place of work for foreign nationals globally in 2021, by the Boston Consulting Group and The Network.

The Abu Dhabi Residents Office aims to boost Abu Dhabi’s reputation as an attractive global hub for talent, and economic diversity and sustainable development by offering a range of services that will be implemented over the coming months.

“We are humbled and grateful for the essential and impactful role expatriates play in our society. We recognise the significant contribution they have made and continue to make for the sustainable development of the emirate. The Abu Dhabi Residents Office bolsters our commitment in making Abu Dhabi a place to settle for all residents,” said Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, chairman of ADDED. “The office will drive initiatives that support the life-long ambitions of the emirate’s international community, allowing them to reimagine and fulfil their personal and professional potential.

“The Abu Dhabi Residents Office is part of the Abu Dhabi Government’s vision to foster a welcoming and inclusive society for all. The office will ensure residents of all nationalities have access to support and services that contribute to the high-quality standard of living that Abu Dhabi is renowned for,” he added.

Sameh Al Qubaisi, executive director – executive affairs office at ADDED, meanwhile added, “We will be focusing on greater access to information, processing Golden Visas and other long-term residency options, and most importantly, understanding the needs of our residents so that we can work across Abu Dhabi to ensure that together we are always growing and enabling the population here to thrive.”

Starting July 7, Abu Dhabi’s neighbouring emirate, Dubai too launched a new round-the-clock service to support residency related queries of citizens and residents.

Read: Dubai launches new residency service that is accessible round-the-clock

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