How to become a freelancer in Dubai: A comprehensive guide to starting your independent career

Dec 12, 2023

In today's world, where young individuals increasingly seek freedom in their work, the concept of nomadic workers has become a prevalent practice spreading across many countries. The craving for independence and freedom motivates many to cross borders and become international freelancers.

  1. Who can become a freelancer in the UAE?

The UAE offers the opportunity to obtain a freelance license to operate within its territory or internationally. However, this specific status may not be suitable for all professions. Generally, freelance status is well-suited for individuals engaged in solo activities, including:

  • Artists
  • Photographers
  • Actors
  • Journalists
  • Wedding planners
  • Graphic designers
  • Copywriters
  • Social media influencers
  • Brand consultants
  • Fashion stylists
  • Hairstylists
  • Interior designers
  • IT specialists
  • Marketing experts
  • Translators
  • Web developers

Essentially, professions that can be carried out independently, without specific authorization and without the need for a physical office, are perfect for freelance status.

  1. Where to operate as a freelancer?

As a freelancer, you need to decide whether your activities will primarily take place in the mainland or in a free zone. This decision is crucial for compiling your documents and applying for a license.

  1. What are the advantages? 

Freelance status allows you to acquire a license and an Emirates ID at a lower cost compared to establishing a company. Additionally, you face fewer administrative obligations than a corporation. There's no minimum capital requirement, and you benefit from corporate tax exemptions.




No minimum; not required


Sole proprietorship


Not required


Personal account




Not required


1 week

    1. What are the disadvantages?

     Freelance status may present drawbacks as it's best suited for activities intuitu personae, closely linked to your person. You cannot use a trade name or hire employees. If you aim to expand or partner, establishing a company is necessary.


    • Renting an office space in a business center or coworking space is possible.
    • Freelance permits can be acquired within a week.
    • A bank account can be opened within a maximum of 48 hours after obtaining your Emirates ID.
    • Permit processing can be done remotely.
    • It's possible to sponsor your family (spouse/children) for UAE residency visas.

    Don't hesitate to contact our team to assist you in getting your license and  can successfully kickstart your freelance career in Dubai.

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