Dubai has updated part of its visa rules and is now offering a one-year remote working visa for those living abroad.
Which has a number of meanings, including you can now live in Dubai without working for a UAE company.
Which effectively means that remote working from the beach in Dubai is now a real-life choice. And who honestly hasn’t dreamed about that!
The updated visa will also give holders access to vital services including housing, bank account, internet, utilities and schooling.
There are a few barriers to getting approved, however.
The remote Dubai visa costs US$287, which is around AED1,000. And you’ll need UAE medical insurance and to pay a processing fee.
The real kicker is that you’ll need to earn a monthly salary of US$5,000 which is a rather substantial AED18,365 per month. If you think you fit the bill, then you can apply here.
“The global pandemic has changed how we live and work,” said Helal Almarri, director general of DTCM. “As multinationals and leading start-ups across the world accelerate their rates of digital adoption, the need to be physically present to fulfil professional responsibilities has been redefined.”
Can you make it rain?
In other UAE news, the government are looking to give out grants of AED5.5million if you can help make it rain in Dubai.
Currently, the National Rain Enhancement Programme uses hundreds of cloud seeding flights each year which fire salt flares into clouds. But they’re hoping for some seriously clever ideas and proposals to make it rain even harder. Eventually making the UAE “a global hub for rain enhancement”.
“While doing so, we seek to bring new perspectives to rain enhancement research and support the development of demand-driven solutions that can address the most pressing water-security challenges in the years to come,” said the centre’s director, Dr Abdulla Al Mandous.