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    Remote Workers Can Now Relocate to Dubai via New Virtual Working Program

    The Dubai government has recently launched a new program that enables overseas remote working professionals to relocate in the emirate while continuing to serve their employers in their home country.

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    The said move will provide remote working professionals as well as their families to have the option to relocate to Dubai on an annual basis and enjoy a safe and high-quality lifestyle supported by a strong digital infrastructure that provides seamless connectivity. 

    Now, Remote Workers Can Relocate to Dubai with New Virtual Working Program

    Remote Working Professionals Can Now Apply to Relocate in Dubai: Here’s How

    In a report shared by the Khaleej Times, to apply for the program, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • Passport with minimum 6-month validity
    • Health insurance with UAE coverage validity
    • Proof of employment from a current employer with a one-year contract validity, last month’s pay slip, and 3 preceding months’ bank statements
    • $5,000 (AED 18,300) monthly salary
    • If the applicant is a company owner, proof of ownership for one year or more, with an average monthly income of $5,000
    • 3 preceding months’ bank statements

    Those who will qualify in the new virtual working program will be eligible to avail of all the services offered in Dubai, including telecoms, utilities, and schooling, enabling them to experience the distinctive lifestyle enjoyed by people of over 200 nationalities. Moreover, they will benefit from Dubai’s zero income tax for individuals.

    Applying for the program costs $287 (approx. AED 1,054) plus medical insurance with valid UAE coverage and processing fee per person.

    Dubai: One of the Safest Places in the World 

    In light of the ongoing pandemic, Dubai has proven to be one of the most competitive cities in terms of curbing the spread of the virus as well as restoring economic activities in the most efficient way possible. Dubai which has reopened itself to international travelers on July 7, has also implemented remarkable safety and hygiene protocols that enabled the reopening of most sectors and destination offerings across the city, including hotels, restaurants, attractions, water, and theme parks, beaches, shopping malls as well as schools and universities. 

    In line with this, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) awarded Dubai the Safe Travels Stamp in recognition of its efforts in upholding the highest standards of hygiene and Covid-19 precautionary measures. 

    Additionally, Dubai has introduced the ‘Dubai Assured’ stamp to certify that establishments have implemented all public health protocols for the prevention and management of Covid-19.

    With its digital capacity, Dubai has ranked no. 1 in the global ranking in e-infrastructure in the latest Digital Quality of Life (DQL) survey.

    This validates the emirate’s excellent digital infrastructure. That said, Dubai’s new program also boosts the emirate’s value proposition for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and SMEs.

    For his part, the Director-General of Dubai Economy, Sami Al Qamzi, said: “The virtual working program further strengthens Dubai’s status as a global business hub and demonstrates its progressive thinking and sustained competitiveness in today’s rapidly changing global landscape.”

    Recently, Dubai has also been listed by CEOWORLD magazine as the second-best among 60 global cities for remote working jobs. 

    All these achievements make the emirate among the top destinations for work, residence/relocation, and even retirement for expats.