Emiratis' Elite Pathway to EU Residency via Malta

Why Malta is your step into Europe

If you are ready to alternate the glitz and glamour of the UAE with a country that is steeped in rich history and timeless charm, Malta offers a captivating blend of laid-back living, smart fiscal advantages and it has a thriving real estate investment scene to boot. It’s no wonder this captivating island nation is fast becoming a very sought-after destination for those that are seeking a tranquil escape from the Gulf region’s supersonic pace of life.

This enchanting island nation in the heart of the Mediterranean delivers far more than just postcard-perfect beaches and crystal-clear waters: it is the perfect destination for astute Emiratis who are seeking the perfect gateway to EUROPEAN RESIDENCY.

With above-average returns on excellent PROPERTY INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES at the same time, Emiratis are looking at a win-win situation all the way. So, whether you are looking at retirement options, residency, or even lucrative property investments, Malta emerges as the most dazzling star on the map of Mediterranean countries. Let’s look at some of the advantages Malta has to offer.

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Here are 10 reasons that make Malta's quality of life the ideal relocation destination from UAE.

A bridge between continents

Malta’s strategic location in the heart of the Mediterranean makes it a perfect springboard for exploring Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Malta has an international airport at Luqa with major international carriers flying to all corners of the world on a daily basis. Most of the big international hubs such as London, Paris, Munich, Rome, Madrid and Barcelona are no more than a two-hour flight away.

Beyond just beaches

With over 300 days of sunshine a year in Malta, the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities is evident everywhere. The capital, Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety and one of several. There are ancient megalithic temples, medieval fortresses, lively festivals year-round and countless other cultural events plus Malta’s arts scene is thriving, with numerous museums, theatres and galleries showcasing international talent.

A safe place to live

Malta is also one of the world’s safest countries to live in with a very low crime rate and it has an impeccable record when it comes to being a safe harbour against natural disasters.

EU residency with numerous benefits

Malta’s residency programmes like the Global Residence Programme, The Malta Retirement Programme, Malta Citizenship by Direct Investment and the Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) have been crafted specifically for the benefit of UAE residents and non-EU nationals seeking residency rights in the EU – in exchange for a property investment and annual expenditure. As Malta is a full EU Member and part of the Schengen Zone, this opens doors to travel widely with access to European education for children and potential business opportunities.

A real estate investment haven

UAE Investors will find Malta’s property market particularly enticing, even at par to Dubai and Abu Dabi. The islands have a thriving tourism industry, driving up demand for rental properties which in turn offers attractive returns. Residency programmes that are geared towards attracting high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) further boost the demand for luxury properties. Additionally, Malta’s stable political climate and robust legal system ensure global real estate investor confidence.

There’s no business like Malta business

Malta is extremely business-friendly and with a highly-skilled, multilingual workforce this island nation ticks all the boxes. The unemployment rate according to nso.gov.mt stands at only 2.9% for 2023 and with a stable economy, transparent tax system (with effective corporate rates as low as 5%) and well-developed infrastructure, businesses flourish here. Industries like finance, technology, manufacturing, aviation and tourism thrives on the islands and the government’s unbeatable incentives further sweeten the deal.

Top education on offer

For families, Malta offers a diverse range of educational institutions, including public, private and international schools, ensuring a seamless transition for children’s education. Higher education institutions, such as the University of Malta, provide high-quality tertiary education, perfect for lifelong learning.

Malta is a great option for retirement

Retirees have peace of mind that comes with an excellent healthcare system, while the cost of living, compared to the UAE, offers retirees a comfortable and affordable lifestyle with money going a lot further. Excellent healthcare is a national priority, with state-of-the-art hospitals and a well-trained medical workforce providing superior care. English is widely spoken in all hospitals and retirement facilities.

Diversity and acceptance

Malta radiates with a vibrant, cosmopolitan spirit, drawing together a rich blend of cultures, including a thriving Arab community. This diversity fosters a welcoming atmosphere for newcomers, making it easy to integrate and form new friendships.

Thinking of making the move?

Embarking on your journey to Malta can be effortless with seasoned professionals like us by your side. With over 55 years of unparalleled expertise, Frank Salt Real Estate stands as the country’s oldest and largest property group, offering comprehensive guidance on all relocation matters. Why delay any longer? Begin exploring the endless possibilities today. Contact us to turn your relocation dreams into reality.


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Frank Salt Real Estate was established in 1969 and has become Malta’s oldest, biggest family-owned and managed real estate company. With branches in both Malta and Gozo, the company specialises in the sale and letting of residential and commercial properties but also offers property management and home interiors services.


With 20 branches and just under 200 professional real estate agents, the company offers the widest selection of properties for sale and to let in Malta and Gozo. Long and short-term letting options cater to the tourism, foreign and local markets. Malta’s leading real estate company also offers dedicated services for Property Management and Home Interiors Consultancy.