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Temporary, part-time, freelance jobs in UAE explained: How to legally earn extra income


DUBAI – UAE authorities have made changes to the employment rules in the country to allow people to legally earn extra income from temporary jobs.

Permits can be issued for these jobs, with some requiring a company’s approval in case the applicant is already employed.

Here’s all you need to know

Temporary work permit in UAE: How it works

Companies in the UAE are allowed to hire staff for temporary jobs, from handing out flyers, product promotions, to waitressing, ushering or performing at an event.

Temporary work permits can be issued to anyone on a dependent’s visa, which covers spouses and students.

The temporary work permits cover jobs for a day, a week, or even a short term contract. These permits must be applied through the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Freelancer permit in UAE: How it works

Freelancer permits have been available in Dubai for some time now, with Abu Dhabi only recently announcing it will soon be available in the capital.

The permit allows people to work in the UAE as a freelancer in the media, marketing, social media, legal, IT, graphic design and other fields. The permit is renewed annually.

All you need to know about new Abu Dhabi freelancer licence

Part-time job permit: How it works

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) allows individuals to take part-time jobs with a permit that can be obtained on their website. Click here

Employed people can also take on part-time jobs, provided that their company will issue them a No Objection Certificate.

MOHRE also allows students aged 15 to 18 to accept part-time jobs, provided that the contract does not exceed one year. Parents must give written consent. A Juvenile Work Permit will then be issued. Click here for details 

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