If you are planning to do business in the UAE but do not wish to register as a company, a freelancer's license is the best solution thanks to the following factors:
- This is the fastest and the least expensive way to get a residence permit and register your own business in Dubai and other emirates.
- You are provided with the opportunity to sponsor your family members and easily open an account at a local bank.
The UAE is a great place to start a freelance career, as it offers many options for residents and visitors considering a freelance career as a way to live and work legally within the country.
The choice will depend on the activity/industry/sector. All procedures can be completed online, but the price can vary significantly. As a result, it is essential to research all the nuances before selecting the field of activity which suits your individual goals and needs.
The best way to start a legitimate business in the UAE is to obtain a freelancer's permit and visa. The cost of the permit in 2023 averages AED 7,000 (USD 2,000) and is available in many jurisdictions in the country. However, one must be aware of the extra fees, along with the total price of the visa which amounts to AED 18,000 (USD 5,000).
It is worth noting that not all activities are covered by the visa, and you must renew your visa annually, similarly to the license.
Note! To obtain a freelancer's license, in most cases you will need to provide your higher education diploma which should be legalized in the UAE.