Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Expats seeking visas will be tested on UAE cultural knowledge

From the Khaleej Times 7 July 09
Expatriates applying for residency visa in future will be tested in their knowledge of local culture. The resolve follows the Federal National Council calling for immigrants to have better awareness of UAE values and traditions.
Ahmed Shabeeb Al Dhahiri, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council, told Khaleej Times a committee would be established by October to develop strategies to improve understanding of the country among expatriates.
The Council asked the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development to take steps to familiarise residents and immigrants with the country’s national identity, culture, social values, religion and local traditions.
“Too many people don’t know anything about our culture — there are many nationalities — and every resident needs to know something about this country,” Al Dhahiri said.
The committee will comprise members from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Al Dhahiri said the committee will draw up a series of easy questions that will comprise a test that expatriates must pass in order to get their residency visa.
He said questions could include the following: “What is the country’s official religion?” and “What is the country’s flag?’
The committee will also establish a guide to the country’s traditions that will be issued to local embassies and consulates and also to their domestic counterparts.
Al Dhahiri said foreign community associations can also educate their members on the customs, traditions and culture of the UAE, enabling them to better deal with UAE citizens.
The support of the media would also be sought to raise cultural awareness levels among expatriates.

1 comment:

  1. and the answers will be on the net instantly