The number of immigration investors from the UAE is growing

The investment immigration market is gaining enormous momentum every year. In 2018, it had already scored US$ 21.4 billion. Analysts estimate that by 2025, revenue could reach US$ 100 billion without industry slowdowns.

Demand for citizenship by investment programs is growing every day, especially in the Middle East. Investment immigration is especially popular among UAE citizens. But why?

1. Visa-free regime

Many UAE residents regularly travel to other countries on business. The second passport acquired through the Citizenship by Investment program makes traveling easier and faster.

2. Political and economic stability

In countries with increasing political instability, investors are participating in the Citizenship by Investment programs to protect families and companies in uncertain times.

3. Education and family

Access to international education and the ability for parents of students in Europe and North America to attend children at any time is an added benefit of Citizenship by Investment programs.

4. The choice of the rich

Every year, there are more and more high-net-worth-individuals (HNWI) and ultra- high-net-worth-individuals (UHNWI). The growth of such individuals is the main driver of the investment immigration market. According to the 2019 report, 36% of UHNWI have a second passport, and 26% plan to immigrate forever. In 2018, these figures were 34% and 21%, respectively.

As for the popular directions in investment immigration, according to the data in 2019, these directions were especially popular: Greece, Cyprus, Malta, and the USA.

As for the residency by investment programs, Greece is number one in the list of destinations among residents of the UAE. Together with Greece, Portugal, Canada, and Spain are popular among investors.

Citizenship by investment programs in Cyprus, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis are also in growing demand. This is all due to the low size of the investment, high position of passports in the ratings and fast processing times.

Turkey is growing in popularity due to the possibility of a passport and geographical and cultural proximity to the Middle East.