RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has approved granting citizenship to foreign nationals with specialized skills in a number of professions.
The royal decree allows certain high-skilled professionals working in specialized areas within the legal, medical, scientific, cultural, sport and technical fields to obtain Saudi citizenship, Arab News reported.
The move is in line with Vision 2030, which aims to create an environment that is attractive to top-level professionals.
It covers experts in forensic and medical science, technology, agriculture, nuclear and renewable energy, oil and gas, and artificial intelligence, in addition to specialists involved in arts, sports, and culture.
The move to grant citizenship is also related to the diversification of the Kingdom’s economy, driving development and social reform plans by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
It will enable professionals from around the world to make the Kingdom a hub for brilliant minds.
The new order focuses on professionals working in specific fields but also includes some expats and tribes based in the country.