53 children of Emirati women get citizenship

By Iman Sherif, Staff Reporter
Abu Dhabi: Some 53 new citizens swore allegiance to the UAE and its leadership and promised to do their best to help the country on its path of development and progress.
The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, conferred on Monday the Emirati citizenship to 53 people who are children of Emirati women.
Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, acting assistant undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and exists affairs called on the new citizens "to be exemplary citizens and to protect the reputation of the country and cement its development and educational foundations, follow the law and protect the traditions and Arabic heritage held dearly in the Emirati society."
The new citizens expressed their pleasure and gratitude to the UAE.
"My family and I are extremely pleased and honoured, and we wish to thank [President] His Highness Shaikh Khalifa [Bin Zayed Al Nahyan] and [General] Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed [Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces], for their trust in us. I commit to them a life to serve my country and will do everything I can to return this honour within and outside the UAE," said Khalifa Faisal Abed, a new citizen.
Sohail Al Menhali and his brother Mohammad were equally thrilled with the decision to award them the Emirati citizenship.
"This decision [to grant citizenship to children of Emirati women] will instill stability within my family, and will mitigate many of life's challenges. We can now enjoy the rights and obligations of regular Emiratis," said Sohail Al Menhali.
This day made a difference in the life of Abdullah Al Beloushi. "Today gave me a new enthusiasm because I feel that I belong to the country in which I have lived all my life," he said.
Newly-awarded female citizens were equally enthralled with the honour of becoming Emiratis. "Words cannot express the feelings I have in my heart," said Kholoud Al Kourthi, university student.
"This is a tremendous honour, which encourages me to do more for my country," said Banan Ali Al Hosn, university student.