Information on whether the holding of a UAE passport indicates that the holder is a UAE citizen or has the right to UAE citizenship [ARE30931.E]

In response to questions transmitted via Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Head of Legal Affairs of the Nationality Directorate in Abu Dhabi stated that the official proof of UAE citizenship is a document titled 'Statement of Record' (22 Feb. 1999). The Head of Legal Affairs added that some types of UAE passports are issued to entitle the bearer to social services and do not serve as proof of citizenship.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Response.


Head of Legal Affairs, Nationality Directorate, Abu Dhabi. 22 February 1999. Fax correspondence received via Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Additional Sources Consulted

Tolley's Immigration and Nationality: Law and Practice [London]. 1992-1998.

Resource Centre Country File on the United Arab Emirates. 1995-1999.

One oral source was not able to provide information within the applicable deadline.

Electronic sources: IRB databases, Internet, REFWORLD, WNC.