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FAQs on new Abu Dhabi freelancer licence

 

ABU DHABI – For the first time, Abu Dhabi will issue freelancer licences to allow companies to hire freelancers for temporary jobs.

Here’s all you need to know

What is the Abu Dhabi freelancer licence all about?

It will allow individuals to work freelance for companies who want to hire them in any of 48 types of business activities.

How is this different from the previous freelancer licence?

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.

Why has the new licence been introduced?

Authorities said the licences will make the job market flexible and help the private sector by keeping employment costs low.

Who can apply for Abu Dhabi freelancer licence?

Emiratis, non-residents, and residents, including housewives, retirees and students can apply for license to do freelance work in 48 types of business activities.

Can people on employment visa also apply for freelancer licence?

Yes. People who are currently employed can also apply for freelancer licence but will need approval from their employers.

Who will issue the Abu Dhabi freelancer licence?

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development will issue the new freelancer licence.

Do freelance licence holders need an office space?

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.

Can non-residents use the freelancer licence to apply for residence visa?

Yes. Non-residents who get the freelancer licence can use it to apply for residence visa for themselves and their family.

What are the 48 business activities that freelancer licence holders can work in?

Administrative studies

Agricultural guidance

Architectural drawings

Artworks

Banking

Calligraphy

Clothing

Computer hardware and software

Decoration

Drawing

Engraving

Event photography

Event management

Economic feasibility studies

Entertainment

Energy

Fitness

Food safety

Fine art

Fashion design

Goods designs

Gift packaging

Green buildings

Gardening and landscaping

Handicrafts

Heritage

Human resources

Information technology

Jewellery design

Logistical consultations

Legal consultancy

Lifestyle development

Marketing operations management

Maritime services

Marketing studies

Marketing services

Natural and aesthetic flowers arrangement

Photography studio

Project design and management services

Pest control

Parliamentary studies

Property

Public relations

Printing on textiles or clothes

Plastering

Printing services

Photocopying

Project development

Procurement

Standardisation and quality management

Statistical consultations

Space

Soap making

Sculpting

Translation

Technical installations

Tourism

Videography

Web design

How much does the Abu Dhabi freelance licence cost?

The cost of the licence has not yet been revealed.

ICA/Expat Media


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