To obtain a freelance work permit in the UAE, you can consider applying under Article 6(1) (l) of Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022.
This provision allows individuals to engage in independent self-employment without being sponsored by a specific organization or employer. The freelance work permit enables you to generate income by providing services for a specified period, performing tasks, or offering specific services to individuals or establishments.
It is important to note that freelancers are not considered employees of the individuals or establishments they work for.
To initiate the process, you should contact the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism or the relevant free zone authorities in Dubai. These entities issue freelance licenses to individuals based on specific categories of activities or professions.
The basic requirements for obtaining a freelance work permit or license in the UAE typically include providing a copy of your passport, presenting your degree or professional qualification (which needs to be notarized, attested by relevant authorities in the country of issuance, the UAE embassy/consulate, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation in the UAE), having health insurance coverage, submitting an establishment card if applicable, undergoing medical fitness tests, and paying the relevant fees determined by the authority issuing the freelance work permit or license.