Dubai launches unique virtual working programme for overseas professionals

Dubai has launched a unique new program 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 recognized 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 acknowledgment 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 program also provides an enhanced value proposition for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and SMEs.

Individuals can apply for the annual program on https://www.visitdubai.com/en/sc7/travel-planning/travel-tools/work-remotely-in-dubai.

The program costs US$287 plus medical insurance with valid UAE coverage and processing fee per person.

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

  • Passport with minimum 6 months validity
  • Health insurance with UAE coverage validity
  • Proof of Employment from a 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.

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