The measures are part of Beijing’s efforts to consolidate its increasingly authoritarian grip over the global financial hub following the imposition of a national security law in June, which critics see as a tool to crush dissent.
Dubai residents just need the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) approval prior to their return to the UAE.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) has affirmed that the entry permit for UAE residents abroad has a validity period of 21 days from the date of issuance of the permit, during which an airway ticket can be booked at any time during the validity period. The FAIC, however, emphasised the necessity not to buy or book airway tickets before obtaining the entry permit.
The measure provides $400 billion for $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, an expansion of the child tax credit and increased funding for vaccine distribution. Forecasters expect it to supercharge the US economic recovery.
The UAE authorities urged individuals and residents who have taken vaccine doses outside the country to register with the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) “Vaccination Certificate” to return to the UAE.