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Dubai launches virtual working program

Overseas professionals can relocate with families

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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 provides remote workers – and their families - the opportunity to relocate, on an annual basis, to one of the world’s leading tourism and business destinations and enjoy a safe and high-quality lifestyle underpinned by a strong digital infrastructure that provides seamless connectivity.

Dubai, and the UAE, have been recognized for setting a global model for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The city, which opened itself to international tourists on 7 July 2020, has implemented robust safety and hygiene protocols that have enabled the reopening of most sectors and destination offerings across the city, including hotels, restaurants, attractions, water and theme parks, beaches, shopping malls and schools and universities.

The World Travel and 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 city also introduced the ‘Dubai Assured’ stamp to certify that establishments have implemented all public health protocols for the prevention and management of COVID-19.

The global pandemic has changed how people live and work. As multinationals and leading startups across the world accelerate their rates of digital adoption, the need to be physically present to fulfil professional responsibilities has been redefined.

Dubai is uniquely positioned to offer a safe, dynamic lifestyle opportunity to these digitally savvy workers and their families while they continue to work remotely, whether it is for a couple of months or an entire year.

Dubai’s #1 global ranking in e-infrastructure in the latest Digital Quality of Life (DQL) survey validates the city’s exceptional digital infrastructure. The new program also boosts the city’s value proposition for startups, entrepreneurs and SMEs.

To apply for the annual program, please visit https://www.visitdubai.com/en/sc7/travel-planning/travel-tools/work-remotely-in-dubai. The program costs USD 287 plus medical insurance with valid UAE coverage and processing fee per person.

Criteria for eligibility under the new program include:

  • 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 USD 5,000 per month salary, last month’s pay slip 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 USD 5,000 per month, and 3 preceding months’ bank statements
  • Through the program, applicants can obtain all services in Dubai, including telecoms, utilities, and schooling, enabling them to experience the distinctive lifestyle enjoyed by people of over 200 nationalities. Applicants will also benefit from Dubai’s zero income tax for individuals.

As one of the world’s top property destinations, Dubai has a vast portfolio of housing options to choose from, including beachfront and city villas and apartments, fully serviced hotel offerings managed by globally-recognized operators, and a diverse selection of short and longer-term holiday home rentals. Widely regarded as a leading entrepreneurial hub, the city also provides exceptional co-working spaces, with flexible packages ranging from hourly rates for meeting rooms to weekly, monthly or quarterly bookings.

For those looking to broaden their contacts, 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. The full reopening of the sector is testament to the city’s successful handling of the pandemic, and the safety and hygiene protocols in place which prioritize the wellbeing of citizens, residents and visitors.