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ABU DHABI – For the first time, Abu Dhabi will issue freelancer licences to allow companies to hire freelancers for temporary jobs.
It will allow individuals to work freelance for companies who want to hire them in any of 48 types of business activities.
Freelancer licences were previously limited to sectors, like media and finance. Business activities were also limited to free zones where the licences were issued. Now freelancer licence holders can work from home or any authorised location.
Authorities said the licences will make the job market flexible and help the private sector by keeping employment costs low.
Emiratis, non-residents, and residents, including housewives, retirees and students can apply for license to do freelance work in 48 types of business activities.
Yes. People who are currently employed can also apply for freelancer licence but will need approval from their employers.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development will issue the new freelancer licence.
Licence holders do not need office space to work. The new licences will allow people to work remotely, from home or from any other authorised location.
Yes. Non-residents who get the freelancer licence can use it to apply for residence visa for themselves and their family.
Computer hardware and software
Economic feasibility studies
Gardening and landscaping
Marketing operations management
Natural and aesthetic flowers arrangement
Project design and management services
Printing on textiles or clothes
Standardisation and quality management
The cost of the licence has not yet been revealed.
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