UAE introduces a residency visa for remote workers not employed in the UAE.

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UAE Launches Remote Worker Residency
UAE launches new Residency Visa for Remote Workers
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The UAE announced the introduction of a residence permit for remote workers.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced that the introduction of the residency permit meant that “any employee anywhere in the world can reside in the UAE to practise work remotely even if the company is not present in the country”.

The decision comes as people increasingly work from home because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sheikh Mohammed wrote in a tweet that the message of the UAE is clear: “Development is continuous, change will not stop … our teams continue day and night to consolidate our international economic and political position and establish a quality of life that is the best in the world for our people and all those residing here”.

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He explained that “with remote work technologies today, we provide an opportunity for everyone to live in the most beautiful and safe cities in the world”.

Furthermore, the UAE government announced that it would adopt multi-entry tourist visas for all nationalities, easing travel to the country.

Sheikh Mohammed said “the UAE is a global economic capital … and all our decisions will be based on this vision”.

Last October, Dubai announced a remote-working programme to allow professionals to live in the emirate while employed by companies overseas.

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