Expats' culture test.

Position:Compass 09/2009: News and views from around the world - Local culture test among expatriates in the United Arab Emirates - Brief article

Expats wishing to apply for residency visas for the UAE may in future have to pass a local culture test before their application is approved. The move comes after the Federal National Council (FNC) called for expats to have a better awareness of UAE values and traditions. A committee will be set up by October to develop strategies to improve cultural understanding among expatriates. Ahmed Shabeeb Al Dhahiri, First Deputy Speaker of the FNC, commented, "Too many people don't know anything about our culture--there are many nationalities--and every resident needs to know something about this country." The committee will comprise members from the...

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