image/David Rodrigo/unsplash/Do Overseas Remote Working In Dubai With Residency
Dubai has launched a new residency programme that allows overseas remote working professionals to relocate and live in the emirate. They will be allowed to come along with their families while continuing to work remotely for their overseas employer.
Individuals and their families can apply for the relocation programme, subject to renewal every year.
The relocation programme will be valid for a year. Thereafter, it can be renewed successively for a similar duration each time.
The programme costs $287 plus medical insurance with valid UAE coverage and processing fee per person.
Once in Dubai, the remote working professional and the family will be able to enjoy benefits similar to that of other residents. The benefits available includes access to local telecoms, utilities services, and schooling options for their children.
Applicants also stand to benefit from the UAE’s zero income tax policy.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for the programme, individuals must fulfil the following conditions:
– Possess a passport with a minimum validity of six months.
– Have health insurance with UAE coverage validity.
– Show proof of employment from their current employer with a one-year contract validity. Have a minimum of $5,000 monthly salary, and must furnish the previous months’ payslip as well as three months of bank statements.
– If the applicant is a company owner, then they must show proof of ownership of the company for at least a year. They must also show proof of an average monthly income of $5,000 supported by three months of bank statements.
How to apply?
Applicants can apply directly online via www.visitdubai.com/en/sc7/travel-planning/travel-tools/work-remotely-in-dubai.
“The global pandemic has changed how we live and work. As multinationals and leading start-ups across the world accelerate their rates of digital adoption, the need to be physically present to fulfil professional responsibilities has been redefined,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
Helal continues, “Dubai is uniquely positioned to offer a safe, dynamic lifestyle opportunity to these digitally savvy workers and their families. This is possible while they continue to work remotely, whether it is for a couple of months or an entire year.”
In September, Dubai also launched a new five-year renewable Retirement Visa. This allows resident expatriates and foreigners aged 55 and over to live within the emirate.
What are you waiting for, do you want to take action?
In August 2020, Dubai government introduced flexible working for all departments, across all government departments.