Foreigners In Abu Dhabi To Be Granted ‘Freelancer’ Licenses



After a devastating pounding by Covid-19 pandemic, the United Arab Emirates on Sunday said it has introduced new “freelancer” licenses to allow foreign nationals to conduct 48 types of business activities on its territory.

The freelancer licence covers sectors such as consultancy in computer hardware and software, real estate, legal consultancy, public relations, fine art and tourism.

The state news agency reported that this move aims at creating more flexibility in the jobs market and boost private businesses in the services sector, it reported. To date most foreign nationals have had to be employed by a company to win the right to work in Abu Dhabi.

According to Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development said the freelancer licence will enable non-citizens to conduct their business activities from their residences or any other authorised location, WAM news agency reported.

UAE has also taken steps to adopt a more flexible visa policy, offering longer residencies for certain types of investors, students and professionals.