• February 18, 2022

The UAE, the most competitive emerging market in the GCC region, has introduced freelance visas for a variety of categories to attract global talent across various industries.

Multiple Free Zones across the UAE—including Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Knowledge Park and Dubai Design District—allow for residents and foreigners to work in the UAE.

One of the main benefits of applying for the visa is that the licence holder can work across the UAE in their relevant fields irrespective of the Free Zone they apply in.

In this article, we have listed some of the popular Free Zones offering freelance visas in Dubai:

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA)

One of the recent initiatives launched by the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA), Dubai Culture and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), the Talent Pass allows eligible professionals in the fields of media, education, technology, art, consultancy and marketing to freelance in Dubai.

The Talent Pass is a three-year visa that would also enable the licence holders to rent an office space through DAFZA and you will be able to access a community of 2,000 international companies from more than 20 sectors.

Dubai Media City

Dubai Media City offers a freelance visa for professionals working in various media-related fields. Freelancers can apply for a licence from around 45 categories including photography, acting, animating, composing, editing, writing, graphic designing, analysis and web designing, among others.

Dubai Knowledge Park

Dubai Knowledge Park offers a freelance visa for professionals in the education industry. Freelancers who are experienced as education advisors, e-learning advisors, researchers, trainers and executive coaches can apply for this visa.

Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District offers a freelance visa for professionals who are apparel designers, fashion stylists, image consultants, concept designers, hairstylists, interior designers, visual merchandisers and even wedding planners, among others.

Freelance IT professionals working in the fields of web, mobile, software development and architecture, data science, analytics and telecommunication networking and even customer service will be able to apply for a freelance visa within the UAE.

What are some of the common documents required to apply for a freelance permit?

Some of the common documents required to apply for a freelance permit include the following:

·       Your original passport

·       Establishment card

·       Passport-sized photo

·       UAE phone number

·       Valid medical insurance, if applicable

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