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Work remotely from Dubai

Explore Dubai's new one-year virtual working programme that lets you live and work by the beach. Find out eligibility and browse special deals for hotels and co-working spaces to help you settle in Dubai.

About
the programme

Eligibility

Applicants will need the following:

1. Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.

2. Health insurance with UAE coverage validity.

3. For employees:

  • Proof of employment from a current employer with a one-year contract validity, a minimum of US$3,500 per month salary, last month's payslip and 3 preceding months’ bank statements.

4. For business owners:

  • Proof of ownership of the company for one year or more, subject to extension, with an average monthly income of US$3,500 per month or its equivalent in foreign currencies and 3 preceding months’ bank statements.
  • Proof of work/employment outside the United Arab Emirates and that the work is conducted remotely.
  • If applying for permits for family members, applicants are required to submit their valid health insurance and passport along with fee payment for each member.

*Note: Payment of processing fee does not guarantee approval of the application. Any subsequent fees may change based on the country of citizenship, on the application service required, and whether you are applying from the UAE or from overseas. You can also apply for the programme from Dubai.

All applications (new applications and renewals) will be reviewed and processed by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai (GDRFAD).

Applicants must create a username and password, choose the service required labelled 'Golden Visa' and submit their application through the GDFRA portal.

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Why work in Dubai?

What's included

Your virtual working programme is valid for 1 year. The programme grants you access to all the standard services that residents benefit from, including telecoms, utilities, and schooling while allowing you to connect to a global hub and a skilled workforce, composed of 200+ nationalities.

It costs from US$611 in total, including application fees, processing costs, pre-application medical exam and Emirates ID. We accept health insurance with UAE coverage validity, or travel insurance with healthcare coverage, which can then be changed to UAE health insurance once your visa formalities have been completed.

*Note: Payment of processing fee does not guarantee approval of the application. Any subsequent fees may change based on the country of citizenship, on the application service required, and whether you are applying from the UAE or from overseas. You can also apply for the programme from Dubai.

All applications (new applications and renewals) will be reviewed and processed by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai (GDRFAD).

Applicants must create a username and password, choose the service required labelled 'Golden Visa' and submit their application through the GDFRA portal.

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How to apply?

If you wish to apply online:

1. Log onto the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai (GDRFAD) portal.
2. Create a username and password.
3. Choose the service required labelled 'Golden Visa'.
4. Submit documents required and pay subsequent fees.

If you are in the UAE, applications can also be processed through AMER service centres:

What you need to do:

1. Visit your nearest AMER service centre.
2. Submit the required documents to the service employee.
3. Pay the fees due for the service.
4. Submit the application.

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Why move to Dubai?

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#2

Remote work

Dubai was ranked 2nd among 75 cities, based on factors including quality of infrastructure, taxes, freedom, safety and liveability.

Source: Nestpick
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#2

Fastest growing hub

Dubai ranked 2nd in the 2021 Nomad List of the world’s fastest-growing remote working destinations, in a study involving 150,275 user check ins.

Source: Nomad List
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#5

Expat city

Dubai was rated 5th among the world’s best cities for expats to live and work in 2020, in a survey of 127,000 readers.

Source: CEO World
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#3

Covid resilience

With vaccination rates of over 88% and universal vaccine eligibility, as well as stringent safety measures such as Dubai Assured certification for hospitality, Dubai was ranked 3rd for its handling of the pandemic.

Source: Bloomberg
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#12

Safest city

Dubai is known as one of the safest places to live, ranking 12th for personal security among a survey of 60 cities in 2019.

Source: Economist
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#1

Beach city

Dubai is the top beach city destination for digital nomads in 2021.

Source: resume.io
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