Back in June 2017, the United Arab Emirates announced that relations with Qatar had been severed and this decision was supported and put into effect by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as well. Despite that, the UAE never passed any administrative laws or took legal steps leading to Qatari citizens being expelled from UAE territory. Additionally, UAE never took any action for expelling Qatari citizens who chose to remain in the UAE after the 14-period expired. All of this was recently confirmed by a statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The statement gave the following details.
On 5 June 2017, the UAE took certain measures against the state of Qatar for reasons of national security. Since then, the UAE has made it compulsory for all citizens of Qatar overseas to get prior permission in order to enter the UAE. This permission may be given for a limited period of time as per the discretion of the government of the UAE.
Now, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wants to confirm to the Qatari citizens that are already in the UAE that they do not have to apply for permission in order to keep staying in the UAE. Nonetheless, all Qatari citizens that are in the UAE are being encouraged to seek prior permission in order to gain entry into UAE territory again.
Qatar has made several false allegations against the United Arab Emirates. As a result, the UAE finds it necessary to confirm its long-standing policy about the residence and entry conditions that are applicable to Qatari citizens.