UAE Cabinet adopts remote work visa and multiple-entry tourist visa
The UAE cabinet has approved and adopted a new remote work visa to enable employees from all over the world to live and work in the UAE for one year as well as approved a multiple-entry tourist visa for all nationalities.
The new resolutions are among several initiatives approved by the cabinet during a meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to position the UAE as an ideal work and tourist destination.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted, "During a cabinet meeting I chaired, we approved a new Remote Work Visa that enables employees from all over the world to live and work remotely from the UAE even if their companies are based in another country."
He added, "We also approved a multiple entry tourist visa for all nationalities to strengthen the UAE’s status as a global economic capital."
He noted, "We are working with clear objectives to boost our economic status globally and provide the best quality of life to our citizens and residents. Our journey of development endures."
Remote Work Visa aims to attract talents and expertise from all over the world. The UAE cabinet-approved scheme will enable employees from all over the world to work remotely from the UAE. The one-year visa allows foreigners to enter the UAE under self-sponsorship and work in line with terms and conditions issued with the visa.
The major step, considered first of its kind in the region, aims to boost the competitiveness of the UAE’s tourism sector and support the national economy. It provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs and talents to innovate in the UAE’s safe and attractive business environment, with access to all the necessary services including world-class utilities and telecoms.
Lewis Allsopp of Allsopp & Allsopp, said, "The new remote working visa allowing expats to work remotely in Dubai and still work for their employers in their home country will encourage more professionals to move to the emirate who could potentially see themselves living and working in Dubai but are not ready to take the risk. The initiative gives overseas residents the opportunity to trial Dubai without the risk of leaving a secure job in their home country."
He added, "With the new laws proposed by the UAE government, Dubai is becoming more of a place to call home long-term and grow a family. The UAE is constantly creating an environment that is inclusive of all cultures which makes it a great place to live and work, but also buy a property. The UAE is in the top 10 most influential countries in the world, further emphasising its position globally as a place where people want to be to grow their businesses and families."
The new visa scheme aims to support the public and private sector, enhance the work-life balance, boost productivity and improve the business environment. It also enables employees to expand their digital skills and adapt to the emerging gig economy.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum reaffirmed that the government will continue developing flexible programmes and initiatives to place the UAE as one of the world’s best governments to provide services and offer the best quality of life for citizens and residents.