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Gulf game-changer: The race to amend citizenship legislation

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Two months back, Saudi Arabia abandoned its strict visa and residency policies and allowed citizenship to expatriates who matched certain criteria. In line with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s Vision 2030 plan to attract foreign investment and talent, the move was seen as beneficial for the Gulf country’s economy. Such a binary view of the amendment does not reveal the whole picture. Rather, the overriding rationale for this citizenship allowance was to continue the business rivalry being fought between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. One year after the Saudi decision, many multinational companies ha…

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