Abu Dhabi opens freelance licensing to UAE nationals covering 52 activities

Abu Dhabi is issuing freelance licenses to UAE nationals involved in legal consultation regarding heritage. (AFP)
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Updated 01 April 2020

Abu Dhabi opens freelance licensing to UAE nationals covering 52 activities

  • New initiative should urge UAE citizens to work freely
  • Emiratis can work from home or from any other location that is authorized

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi is issuing freelance licenses involving 52 commercial activities to UAE nationals who prefer to work in out of office-based professions or organizations, the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) said.

The new freelancer license, which is being issued by ADDED’s Abu Dhabi Business Centre, is aimed at allowing Emiratis to work from home or from any other location that is authorized and in compliance with the general provisions of the issuing institution, the department noted.

The new measure should urge UAE citizens to work freely, including retired individuals who can again contribute to the local business market and share their experiences across the activities covered by the new license, Mohamed Ali Al-Shorafa, the chairman of ADDED, said.

“The initiative falls in line with the Abu Dhabi Government’s keenness towards creating initiatives that can stimulate the business and investment environment of the emirate – creating job opportunities for UAE citizens across various industry verticals,” Shorafa said.

Among the activities covered under the new freelancer license includes fashion design, arrangement of natural and artificial flowers, studio photography, events photography, personal video photography, event organization, gift packaging, jewelry design and web design.

Legal consultation regarding computer equipment and devices, real estate, heritage, human resources, tourism and entertainment, administrative studies, food safety, commodity design and fine arts are also allowed to have freelance licenses.


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