Things to know about Freelance visa in UAE

Everyone aspires to have a self-employment permit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but only a few are eligible for this privilege. However, the authorities introduced a mandate for a wide variety of professionals that can get this kind of visa. 

In an effort to lure brilliant minds to the UAE, the UAE has introduced a host of categories of freelance visas (self-employment).

There are multiple free zones in the UAE that offer freelance visas to residents and foreigners. Regardless of which free zone people apply for a visa to, they can work across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their relevant field:

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  •  Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone
  •  Dubai Media City
  • Dubai Internet City
  • Dubai Knowledge Park
  • Dubai Design District
  • Ajman Free Zone

Dubai Development Authority reports that a freelancer’s permit costs Dh7,500 excluding visa fees.

Below is information on how freelancers can apply for visas in the UAE:

Banking/finance professionals

Professionals in the field of 

  • Accounting
  • Auditing analysing 
  •  Reviewing accounting 
  • Auditing systems. 


It includes:

  •  Actor
  • Aerial shoot photographer
  • Animator
  • Artist
  • Audio/sound engineer 
  • Brand consultant
  • Cameraman 
  • Choreographer
  • Commentator
  • Composer 
  • Content provider 
  • Copywriter 
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Events planner
  • Graphic and furniture designers
  • Journalists
  • Market analyst
  • Presenters 
  • Print media specialists
  • Web designers
  • Web developers and other professionals.


Under this category:

  • Education advisors 
  • E-learning advisors
  • Executive coaches
  • Researchers and trainers 

IT professionals

Freelancers working in the field of:

  •  Web, mobile
  • Software development and architecture
  • IT and telecommunication networking
  • Data science and analytics 
  • Customer service 


  • Apparel designers
  • Concept designers
  • Fashion stylists
  • Image consultants
  • Fashion artists
  • Hairstylists 
  • Interior designers
  • Object designers
  • Personal shoppers
  • Textile designers
  • Visual merchandisers 
  • Wedding planners




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