A member of Dubai Holding, TECOM group has launched GoFreelance, an initiative focused on nurturing the potential growth of freelance talent by helping them overcome financial and legal constraints while practicing freelancing in UAE. TECOM has actively remained a prime mover of various innovative projects, working alongside the UAE government and helping it foster a diverse and skilled community of freelancers.
The free zone operator also announced the lowering of registration fees, cutting registration cost for freelancers by 70% to AED 7,500, around $2,000 a year, allowing them to work in two major sectors without the need of company formation or renting an office space.
The announcement made news at a media conference hosted in Dubai Press Club, in the presence of Majed Al Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Production City, Mona Al Marri, director general of the Government of Dubai Media Office and president of Dubai Press Club, and Mohammad Abdullah, managing director of Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Park.
Currently, the program is only available to freelancers in Dubai Media City and Dubai Knowledge Park zones who venturing into 5 activities in Education sector and 50 activities in Media sector. Talking to Gulf Business, Majid Al Suwaidi said,
“The package provides a unique opportunity for media and creative professionals to achieve success and prosperity within the unmatched Dubai Media City business system, which provides advanced infrastructure and a platform for entry into neighboring markets.”
In a news article published by The National UAE, Muhammad Abdullah shared his thoughts on the new freelance permit and how its affordability will facilitate UAE’s business landscape,
“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.”
While the initiative will empower candidates in the two sectors to take ownership of their careers and partake in a multitude of emerging professions, the versatility of this permit will allow even dependents under the sponsorship of husbands or parents to freelance without the need for applying for a new visa.