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Freelancing permit

Supplementing your income by freelancing is no more a costly affair. UAE residents can get a permit for an annual fee of Dh7,500 from Dubai's Tecom Group and freelance in the education and media sectors, to begin with. Need a visa to complement it? Shell out another Dh3,250 for a three-year visa under Tecom. The annual fee includes the freelancer permit and access to the Tecom Business Centre. Candidates can register for the simple three-step permit online on the already up-and-running website www.gofreelance.ae.

The initiative - Gofreelance - launched in partnership with Dubai Creative Cluster Authority, offers freelancers in the education and media sectors the freedom of the 'gig economy' through licences for activities such as executive coaching, film director, scriptwriters and creative designers. While there are five activities allowed in the education sector, the media category has nearly 50 activities, including acting, animation and journalism.

The lists of documents required are

  • Resume/CV
  • Passport /visa copy
  • Bank reference letter
  • Sponsor's NOC (if applying
  • for a permit without visa)
  • Portfolio or sample of work (media sector only)
  • Credentials and certificates (education sector only)

Bizgate will help you in collecting the documents and getting approvals.


  • Gofreelance presents a unique opportunity for industry professionals to thrive and grow within Dubai Media City's unparalleled business ecosystem that offers state-of-the-art infrastructure and serves as a gateway to neighbouring markets.
  • If candidates under husbands' or parents' sponsorship want to freelance, they can straightaway apply for a Tecom permit. "They don't have to apply for a new visa."
  • With a multitude of emerging professions, such as content creators, it continues to support the development of the media sector through introducing new and enabling platforms.
  • Gofreelance enables professionals in the education and HR sectors to offer their services at a more affordable cost.
  • Freelancers are the most vulnerable part of media because they have no protection. They get used, are cheated of payments, spend half their lives chasing money owed to them and cannot find a way to get justice. By coming under the canopy of the government dictate they will have an official standing and a certain sense of identity.
  • Businesses are increasingly turning to freelancers due to the need for flexibility and a more affordable workforce, especially during peak seasons, when the benefits of this pioneering offering will be most keenly felt.

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