UAE offers Antigua passports

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Ajman, United Arab Emirates – “Buy villa in UAE, get family citizenship in Antigua & Barbuda,” the advertisements scream.

It may seem a strange proposition, but for the majority of the United Arab Emirates’ population – who enjoy visa-free travel to only a few dozen countries – attaining a passport with fewer visa restrictions is an attractive idea.

Passports issued by Antigua and Barbuda allow one to travel to 132 countries visa-free or visa-on-arrival, including the UK and Canada. In comparison, an Indian passport enables that ease of access to just 52 countries; for Emirati passports, the number is 77.

A Henley & Partners report issued last year ranks the Antiguan and Barbudan passport 24th worldwide in terms of visa restrictions.

Now, for the sum of “just” 1.4m Emirati dirhams ($380,000), UAE property developers Sweet Homes will sell a two-bedroom villa in the emirate of Ajman and include complementary Antigua and Barbuda passports for the buyer, his or her spouse, dependent children and parents over the age of 65.


The Ajman-based developer, whose offer applies to 600 units within the 1,500-villa Ajman Uptown development, signed an implementation agreement with the Antiguan and Barbudan government last November, and has begun to aggressively promote the deal.

“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 CEO Fahad Dero told Al Jazeera. (Al Jazeera)

10 Responses to UAE offers Antigua passports

  1. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar April 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Ain’t learn they lessons from last Investor sir Allan

  2. Roger Mayers
    Roger Mayers April 5, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I just love Antigua….. The only true thing are the beaches. Lol

  3. Ken R. Smith
    Ken R. Smith April 6, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Antigua you seem to be a sucker for punishment. The truth about the UAE’s agenda within the caribbean is finally unfolding..

  4. Drian Xyers
    Drian Xyers April 6, 2015 at 3:34 am

    If the Antiguian government took their money under the table in a backroom deal they have no choice.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 6, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Hmmmmmm. Sell wanna soul at all cost to the demons.

  6. Marc Egan
    Marc Egan April 6, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Not like BIM … We bought house and then struggle to get visitor visa for more than three weeks …

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 6, 2015 at 7:06 am

    All that glitters aint gold Antigua.

  8. Leah Husbands
    Leah Husbands April 6, 2015 at 9:04 am


  9. Patrick Blackman April 6, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Stupid people doing stupid things, that why Caricom will continue to fail.


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