Saudi to grant nationality to professionals

King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia is reported to have issued a decree that grants Saudi nationality to exceptionally talented foreign professionals, in a bid to attract brilliant people from around the world to participate and contribute to the country’s ambitious Vision 2030 plans.

Saudi nationality is to be conferred on distinguished professionals in different disciplines including in nuclear and renewable energy, medicine, pharmacology, computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, ecology, astronautics, aviation, culture, sports and arts, as well as Islamic scholars.

Media reports also indicate that Saudi Arabia is looking for experts in fields necessitated specifically by the country’s geography and resources, such as in desalination technology and in the oil industry. The naturalization step is aimed at drawing creative people from around the world to come, live and work in Saudi Arabia.

The step is said to be in support of Saudi Vision 2030, the strategic scheme launched in 2016 by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud, with the aim of diversifying the oil-dependent economy away from its over-reliance on hydrocarbon revenues and promoting national development that benefits the country and citizens.