Property developers in the United Arab Emirates are offering potential new home owners passports for Antigua and Barbuda when they buy a villa, opening up fresh avenues for visa-free travel to a wide array of countries for Emirati citizens.
Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday that Sweet Homes – a company based in the emirate of Ajman – has incentivised its property portfolio by including Antiguan and Barbadian passports with certain luxury home purchases. A two bedroom villa costing 1.4mn dirhams ($380,000) and a four-bedroom home priced at 1.9mn dirhams ($517,000) come with passports for the purchaser, his or her partner, dependent children and parents over the age of 65.
The incentive of having an Antiguan and Barbadian passport for Emiratis is that it allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 132 countries, compared with 77 countries for a UAE passport.
The offer applies to 600 of 1,500 units in the Ajman Uptown development, which Sweet Homes hopes will be completed in time for 2020.
“Ajman Uptown is the first project of its kind in the GCC region that allows the buyers to be eligible for citizenship, subject to due diligence and approval from [the] government of Antigua and Barbuda,” Sweet Homes chief executive Fahad Dero told Al Jazeera.
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