DAFZA launches ‘Talent Pass’ licence for freelancers.

By: Mashita Majeed

Talent Pass license for freelance or self-employed work with the aim of attracting global talent and professionals.

Under the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) launched the Talent Pass license for freelance or self-employed work with the aim of attracting global talent and professionals in media, education, technology, art, marketing, and consultancy.

DAFZA signed an MoU which is aligned with Dubai’s Creative Economic plan to boost the job opportunities in the sector within the next five years with Dubai Culture and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to accelerate the new scheme and create the foundation to process licenses and visas.

In the month of April, Dubai’s Creative Economic plan was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. 

The aim of the strategy is also to double the creative sector contribution to Dubai’s GDP and increase the potential of the Emirate to allure creative individuals, investors, and entrepreneurs that includes local, regional, and international investments. All the parties will support efforts to attract global talent to Dubai and foster it as a Centre for innovation and creativity while boosting Dubai’s position as a global capital for the creative economy and a hub for talent.

DAFZA will be promoted by GDRFA as a preferred destination for global businesses and Dubai as a business-friendly environment that furnishes talented individuals with opportunities to expand their scope to a large consumer market.

Dubai Culture will work to stimulate talent to connect with free zone and utilize regional and global markets via awareness and communication programmes while also supporting the Cultural Visa for bearers of the applicable license.

Besides renting office space through office solutions laid out by DAFZA that features flexible operation costs and the choice of acquiring remote services, the Talent Pass permits its holder to obtain a three-year residence visa. 

DAFZA is home to over 1,800 companies across 20 economic sectors with more than 30% of the companies made up by multinationals. License holders enjoy access to the free zone’s digital platform and all DAFZA customers. 

DAFZA will be committed to evaluating and processing applications for the Talent Pass and issuing licenses that permit the holders to exercise commercial activities inside the range of free zone.

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