The scheme will allow remote workers and their families to relocate to Dubai on an annual basis
As work from home becomes the new norm worldwide, the Emirate of Dubai has introduced a new program that allows long-distance professionals from around the world to relocate to Dubai, while continuing to work for an employer in their own country. People will benefit from Dubai’s zero income tax for individuals. The Dubai government said on Wednesday that the project would allow long-distance workers and their families to relocate to Dubai on an annual basis, promising a ‘strong digital infrastructure’.
Eligibility criteria for this plan are a passport valid for at least six months, a minimum salary of US $ 5,000 per month, a one-year contract valid, proof of employment from the current employer, last month’s salary and three previous months of bank statement. Individuals must also have health insurance with valid UAE coverage.
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– Dubai Media Office (XDXBMediaOffice) October 14, 2020
The Dubai government said in a statement that if the applicant owns a company, they must prove ownership of the company for a period of one year or more, with an average monthly income of US $ 5,000, and three bank statements from previous months. The Program Medical insurance with valid UAE coverage and processing fee per person $ 287.
Once approved, those on the plan will be able to access all services in Dubai such as telecommunications, utilities and schooling. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WDTC) has issued a safe travel label for Dubai, making it a safe country to travel and relocate to the Emirates despite the Kovit-19 epidemic.
“The global epidemic has changed the way we live and work. As multinational corporations and leading start-ups around the world accelerate digital adoption rates, the need to be physically responsible for fulfilling professional responsibilities has been redefined,” said Helal Saeed Almari, Director General of Dubai Tourism and Trade Marketing. “People continue to prioritize their health, well-being and the ability to ensure a positive work-life balance. Dubai is unique in providing a secure, vibrant lifestyle opportunity for these digitally interested workers and their families, even when working remotely for a period of one month or a whole year, ”he said.