Remote working is more common now than ever, and is likely to remain so after the pandemic has subsided. Dubai wants to capitalize on this new lifestyle and is joining countries like the Republic of Georgia, Barbados, and Estonia by offering a new long-term visa for remote workers.
The visa scheme will allow remote workers and their families to live in Dubai for up to one year while working for companies overseas. Visa holders will be able to open local bank accounts, enroll children in Dubai schools, and set up phone and internet access for their homes and workspaces. Living in Dubai isn’t cheap, but the absence of income tax might help offset some of your expenses.
The visa costs $287 plus medical insurance and processing fees. To apply for the visa, you must earn at least $5,000 per month, and submit proof of employment and three months of bank statements.
Helal Almarri, director general of Dubai Tourism, said in a statement, “The global pandemic has changed how we live and work. People continue to prioritise their health, wellbeing and ability to ensure a positive work-life balance. Dubai is uniquely positioned to offer a safe, dynamic lifestyle opportunity to these digitally savvy workers and their families while they continue to work remotely, whether it is for a couple of months or an entire year.”