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Freelance Licenses for International Freelancers Possible in Abu Dhabi UAE

Freelance Licenses

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. 

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
1Soap forming 
2Organizing events and parties
3Consultation for tourism and recreation 
4Consultation for green buildings Consultation for green buildings 
5Marketing studies and consultancy Marketing studies and consultancy 
6Consultancy in the information technology
7Translation publication services
8Heritage consultation
9Plastering and carving 
10Artificial and natural flowers coordination
11Space consultancies
12Design services
13Consulting technical equipment and technical
14Clothes and fashion design
15Real estate consultancy
16Human resources consultancy
17Public relations consultancy
18Marketing consultancy for the energy field
19Computer equipment and devices consultancy
20Environmental works and handcrafted products 
21Gardening and landscape services
22Management of marketing operations 
23Consultation on parliamentary
24Economical feasibility studies and consultancy 
25Photography for occasions and parties
26Administrative studies and consultancy
27Lifestyle development consultancy 
28Painters and calligraphers
29Plague resisting consultancy 
30Agricultural extension services 
31Procurement consulting 
32Maritime consultancies services
33Measuring, standardization, and quality consultancy 
34Consultancy on commodities designing 
35Project management 
36Jewelry design
37Personal videotaping 
38Statistical services consultancies
39Banking services consultancy
40Gift wrapping
41Food safety consulting
42Consultancy project development
43Artwork for the cosmetic craft
44Photography services
45Fine Arts consultancy
46Network websites design
47Logistics consultancy
48Architectural 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!