DUBAI (Dispatches) -- A former adviser to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has warned about the repercussions of the UAE’s demographic change, questioning the loyalty of those who have recently obtained the UAE citizenship.
“Hundreds of those who obtained UAE citizenship recently do not speak Arabic and their children do not make the effort to learn it and have nothing to do with Islam and do not know the customs, traditions and values of the Emirates and were given the right to retain their original nationality and we do not know the extent of their loyalty to the state,” Abdulkhaleq Abdulla tweeted.
Abdulla, a professor of political science, added that the UAE’s demographic landscape in the next 50 years will be “dysfunctional” and “strange”.
Earlier this year, the United Arab Emirates announced plans to grant foreigners citizenship as part of efforts to stimulate its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Persian Gulf country said last November it plans to overhaul its religious laws, including loosening alcohol restrictions and allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate.
It has already begun to move in the direction of dismissing its deep-rooted Islamic and Arabic values by normalizing its relations with the occupying regime of Israel – a move that was condemned across the Muslim world.
Several Arab countries, including the UAE and Bahrain, normalized their ties with the Zionist regime under US-brokered agreements last year, when former president Donald Trump was in office.
Last month, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. assassination of Iran’s top anti-terror General Qassem Soleimani, a revered commander across the Muslim world, and the deal for the sale of U.S. F-35 fighter jets to the UAE were deeply connected with the normalization deals.
The Zionist regime’s new foreign
minister arrived in the UAE on Tuesday, marking the highest-level visit by an Israeli official to the Persian Gulf Arab country since the two normalized their relations.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi, Yair Lapid said, “We’re here to stay.”
However, Lapid was reportedly given a subdued reception in the UAE, as the website of the Persian Gulf Arab country’s official WAM news agency didn’t immediately carry a report on his arrival, and his counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, wasn’t at the airport to meet the Israeli foreign minister.
“Israel would like to tout this as a historic visit, but evidently the UAE wants to keep it as low profile as possible and treat it like any other visit,” Abdulla told American economic news website Bloomberg.
“The UAE’s relationship with Israel is there, but this isn’t the time to brag after Gaza,” he added, referring to the Zionist regime’s aggression against the Gaza Strip more than a month ago, which killed over 260 Palestinians in the besieged enclave and injured nearly 2,000 others.
Nevertheless, a report said Thursday some 5,000 Zionist have obtained UAE citizenship within the past three months, after the Persian Gulf country amended its citizenship law on granting citizenship in the Persian Gulf Arab country.
Citing sources, the Emirates Leaks website cited an influx of Zionists under the cover of investment into the UAE, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The sources underlined that the UAE authorities allow the acquisition of citizenship for investors and entrepreneurs without the need to give up their original citizenship.
With an Emirati citizenship, the Zionists would be able to cross the Persian Gulf and Arab countries without a prior visa, according to the sources.