The Reading / Listening - Citizenship - Level 5

The UAE has announced it will give citizenship to foreign residents who "add value" to the nation. It is rare for a Gulf state to bestow citizenship on foreign nationals and is a bold revision of the UAE's immigration policy. UAE Vice-President and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum wants people with "specialised talents" to "contribute to our development journey". He said artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, inventors and scientists could be eligible for a UAE passport. All successful people and their families would be allowed to hold dual nationality.



The procedure for citizenship depends on recommendations and nominations from members of the UAE royal family or government officials. The UAE cabinet will then approve or reject the nomination. Sheikh Mohammed said there are "clear criteria" in the selection process. Doctors must be specialised in high-priority scientific fields. They must have conducted significant research. Scientists must be active researchers and have an international award or research grant. Inventors need patented inventions registered by an internationally recognised organisation.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Citizenship - Level 4 or  Citizenship - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-55869674
  • https://gulfbusiness.com/uae-opens-citizenship-for-investors-professionals-special-talents/
  • https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/government/uae-to-grant-emirati-citizenship-to-talented-and-innovative-people-1.1156264


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. it will give citizenship
  2. bestow
  3. foreign
  4. the UAE's immigration
  5. people with specialised
  6. contribute to our development
  7. eligible
  8. be allowed to hold dual
  1. talents
  2. nationals
  3. nationality
  4. citizenship on
  5. for a UAE passport
  6. to foreign residents
  7. journey
  8. policy

Paragraph 2

  1. members of the UAE royal
  2. clear criteria in the selection
  3. be specialised in high-priority
  4. They must have conducted significant
  5. Scientists must be active
  6. have an international
  7. Inventors need patented
  8. an internationally recognised
  1. award
  2. scientific fields
  3. organisation
  4. process
  5. inventions
  6. family
  7. researchers
  8. research

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UAE has announced it will give citizenship (1) ___________________ who "add value" to the nation. It is rare for a Gulf (2) ___________________ citizenship on foreign nationals and is (3) ___________________ of the UAE's immigration policy. UAE Vice-President and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum (4) ___________________ "specialised talents" to "contribute to our development journey". He said artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, inventors and scientists could (5) ___________________ a UAE passport. All successful people and their families would be allowed to (6) ___________________.

(7) ___________________ citizenship depends on recommendations and nominations from members of the UAE (8) ___________________ government officials. The UAE cabinet will then approve or reject the nomination. Sheikh Mohammed said there are (9) ___________________ the selection process. Doctors must be specialised in high-(10) ___________________. They must have conducted significant research. Scientists must be active researchers and have an international (11) ___________________ grant. Inventors need patented inventions (12) ___________________ internationally recognised organisation.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ificantresearch.Scientistsmustbeactiveresearchersandhaveaninter
nationalawardorresearchgrant.Inventorsneedpatentedinventionsre
gisteredbyaninternationallyrecognisedorganisation.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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