Dubai announces unique virtual working programme for overseas professionals

by Business Zone
  • Programme offers remote workers and their families the opportunity to re-locate to the emirate
  • Remote workers can take advantage of emirate’s strong digital infrastructure, robust connectivity, high-quality lifestyle, global networking opportunities and zero income tax for individuals
  • High standards of hygiene and COVID-19 precautionary measures make the emirate one of the world’s safest destinations

Dubai has launched a unique new programme that enables overseas remote working professionals to live in Dubai while continuing to serve their employers in their home country.  

The move offers remote workers – and their families – the opportunity to re-locate, on an annual basis, to one of the world’s leading tourism and business destinations. Remote workers can take advantage of emirate’s strong digital infrastructure, robust connectivity, safe and high-quality lifestyle, global networking opportunities and zero income tax for individuals.

Dubai, and the UAE, have been recognised for setting a global model for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) awarded Dubai the Safe Travels Stamp in acknowledgement of its efforts to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and COVID-19 precautionary measures. The emirate also introduced the ‘Dubai Assured’ stamp to certify that establishments have implemented all public health protocols for the prevention and management of COVID-19.

Furthermore, Dubai has an exceptional digital infrastructure, validated by its No. 1 global ranking in e-infrastructure in the latest Digital Quality of Life (DQL) survey. The new programme also provides an enhanced value proposition for start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs.

Individuals can apply for the annual programme on https://www.visitdubai.com/en/sc7/travel-planning/travel-tools/work-remotely-in-dubai.The programme costs US$287 plus medical insurance with valid UAE coverage and processing fee per person.

To qualify for the new programme, applicants need to have:

  • Passport with minimum 6 months validity 
  • Health insurance with UAE coverage validity
  • Proof of Employment from current employer with a one-year contract validity, a minimum of US$5,000 per month salary, last month’s payslip and 3 preceding months’ bank statements 
  • If the applicant is a company owner: proof of ownership of company for one year or more, with an average monthly income of US$5,000 per month, and 3 preceding months’ bank statements

As one of the world’s top property destinations, Dubai offers a vast diversity of housing options and exceptional co-working spaces, with flexible packages. Dubai is the first major global destination to fully open up its MICE sector internationally, providing opportunities for networking events and face to face engagement, which are vital factors in accelerating the revival of key sectors.

Source: Government of Dubai, Media Office

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