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Freelance Licenses for International Freelancers Possible in Abu Dhabi UAE

The Dept. of Economic Development (DED) of Abu Dhabi announced just recently the eligibility of UAE citizens, UAE residents, and all non-residents in applying for a freelance license. 

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The new licensing regulation allows freelancers to practice several different kinds of economic activities in Abu Dhabi. Previously, licenses were only issued to a local or UAE national.  

The new freelancer permit will enable businesses in tapping into the expertise and experience of the local market. It is also set to offer workers a lot more flexibility in working remotely in an authorized location. In addition, this recent move of the local government is going to boost the incomes of a variety of groups. This includes stay-home parents, students, and retirees.  

Applicants won’t be required in acquiring official office space. They can also apply for a UAE residency visa not only for themselves but also for their family. In order to apply, an applicant first needs to prove his or her skill set. There is also the need to prove that the freelancing activity will be similar to his or her employment role. The permission of an employer will be required prior to the application for a freelancing permit. 

Economic activities permitted with Abu Dhabi Freelance License


  No                                                    Activity Name
1 Soap forming 
2 Organizing events and parties
3 Consultation for tourism and recreation 
4 Consultation for green buildings Consultation for green buildings 
5 Marketing studies and consultancy Marketing studies and consultancy 
6 Consultancy in the information technology
7 Translation publication services
8 Heritage consultation
9 Plastering and carving 
10 Artificial and natural flowers coordination
11 Space consultancies
12 Design services
13 Consulting technical equipment and technical
14 Clothes and fashion design
15 Real estate consultancy
16 Human resources consultancy
17 Public relations consultancy
18 Marketing consultancy for the energy field
19 Computer equipment and devices consultancy
20 Environmental works and handcrafted products 
21 Gardening and landscape services
22 Management of marketing operations 
23 Consultation on parliamentary
24 Economical feasibility studies and consultancy 
25 Photography for occasions and parties
26 Administrative studies and consultancy
27 Lifestyle development consultancy 
28 Painters and calligraphers
29 Plague resisting consultancy 
30 Agricultural extension services 
31 Procurement consulting 
32 Maritime consultancies services
33 Measuring, standardization, and quality consultancy 
34 Consultancy on commodities designing 
35 Project management 
36 Jewelry design
37 Personal videotaping 
38 Statistical services consultancies
39 Banking services consultancy
40 Gift wrapping
41 Food safety consulting
42 Consultancy project development
43 Artwork for the cosmetic craft
44 Photography services
45 Fine Arts consultancy
46 Network websites design
47 Logistics consultancy
48 Architectural production and consultancy on technical drawing

According to Abu Dhabi DED Undersecretary, Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, the resolution is going to contribute when it comes to enhancing roles played by non-citizens and UAE citizens alike in boosting the business sector of Abu Dhabi. The undersecretary said this is going to be a huge help in stimulating the investment and business environments within the UAE’s capital. It’s also going to produce hundreds of thousands more job opportunities in fields that are necessary for adding to our business sector. 

The decision of DED in qualifying non-residents with the freelancing permit is going to have a positive effect on the emirate’s services sector as economic activities under the license are often service and technical related. Many residents in UAE, including those with professional experience in the labor market of Abu Dhabi, have technical skills in practicing the permitted activities. They, too, can acquire the permit. 

For quick and easy processing of freelance license in Abu Dhabi for international freelancers, call us here in FAR Consulting Middle East!