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DAFZ launches ‘Talent Pass’ to attract innovators

Self-employment license available for people with special skills and expertise


The Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ) has launched the ‘Talent Pass’ license for freelance work (self-employment). The new licence, which will be available for people with special skills and expertise from around the world, aims to attract global talent and professionals in the fields of media, education, technology, art, marketing, and consultancy.

The initiative is expected to further vitalize the business environment in the free zone and strengthen Dubai’s position as a global destination for innovators and talent.

DAFZ, part of the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ), signed an MoU with Dubai Culture and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to facilitate the new initiative.

The MoU creates the framework for cooperation and coordination to process licenses, visas, and other services that support innovators in establishing, operating, and growing their business in the city.

The MoU is aligned with Dubai’s strategy for the Creative Economy, which seeks to double the contribution of the sector to Dubai’s GDP and increase the city's ability to attract creative individuals, investors, and entrepreneurs.