Dubai Airport Freezone launches the “Talent Pass” license for the self-employed

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The Dubai Airport Free Zone has launched a new “Talent Pass” license for self-employment.

The license will be available to people with particular skills and expertise from around the world, and aims to attract global talents and professionals in the fields of media, education, technology, art, marketing. and advice.

The ‘Talent Pass’ allows its holders to obtain a residence visa for three years, in addition to the rental of office space provided by the free zone.

Licensees will also have access to Dubai Airport’s extensive FTZ customer network as well as the FTZ digital platform. The FTZ is home to more than 1,800 companies in more than 20 vital economic sectors, with multinationals accounting for over 30% of these companies, 31 of which are Fortune 500 companies.

The initiative was launched following a directive issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

To facilitate the new initiative, the Dubai Airport Freezone, part of the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ), signed a memorandum of understanding with Dubai Culture and the General Directorate of Residence and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA).

The MoU creates the framework for cooperation and coordination for the processing of licenses, visas and other services that help individuals establish and operate their business in the emirate.

DAFZA will assess and process “Talent Pass” requests and issue licenses that allow holders to engage in commercial activities in the free zone.

Dubai Culture will support the “cultural visa” for applicable license holders and strive to encourage talent to join the FTZ and tap into regional and global markets through outreach and communication programs, according to the ‘Press Agency WAM.

The GDRFA will also promote the Dubai Airport Free Zone as a preferred destination for global companies and the Emirate of Dubai as a conducive business environment that provides opportunities for talented people to expand. their reach to a large consumer market.

“This MoU supports our strategic plans to support the national economy by strengthening the role of the business, investment and creative sectors in improving the emirate’s GDP. This license comes in response to changing market demands and the changing business environment in Dubai, particularly in the post-pandemic period. The license will help enable Dubai’s business community to benefit from the expertise of designers, specialists and professionals from around the world. This gives them the opportunity to access various business services at competitive prices, ”said Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, Executive Chairman of DIEZ.

The “Talent Pass” is part of a portfolio of six licenses offered by DAFZ, which includes the trade license for business activities such as import, export and re-export and the general trade license.

The portfolio also includes the industrial license for light manufacturing and packaging and assembly activities; the e-commerce license for the online commerce of goods and services; the license issued in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, which allows companies registered in the Dubai Airport Free Zone to apply for the Ministry’s license without the need for an office to work outside the Free Zone; and the service license for service companies.

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