Airbnb launches one-stop-shop for remote workers in Dubai

Airbnb today announced the launch of the Dubai Remote Work Center, a one-stop-shop for aspiring remote workers in partnership with Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET).

Anyone wishing to live and work in Dubai can now use the hub to find inspiration for long-term local listings as well as useful information on entry requirements and visa policies.

Earlier this year, Airbnb launched its Live and Work Anywhere initiative to identify some of the world’s most remote destinations for workers. Dubai has been selected as one of 20 global destinations, alongside the Canary Islands, Thailand and the Caribbean, among others.

The Live and Work Anywhere program will see Airbnb and Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism promoting the city to remote workers looking for accommodation and advice for their long-term stays.

Velma Corcoran, regional manager for the Middle East and Africa at Airbnb, said: “Dubai is a global leader in facilitating remote working. As this trend continues to accelerate, we want to work together to make it easier for people to take advantage of the new flexibility to work and travel, and help the city harness the economic benefits of this new type of tourism.

Millions of people are now more flexible about where they live and work. About one in five guests globally said they used Airbnb to work remotely while traveling in 2021 — a trend that continued into the first quarter of 2022, with long-term stays at an all-time high, having more than doubled compared to the first quarter of 2019. Three months of 2022, searches for international solo travel to the UAE for long-term stays also increased by more than 280% compared to the same period in 2019. Dubai s is ranked among the top 3 cities in the world to live for executive nomads in the 2022 Savills Executive Nomad Index.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Dubai’s global connectivity and business-friendly ecosystem, combined with visa-friendly reform, have underscored the city’s status as a hub for forefront for remote workers, building on Dubai’s commitment to fostering business. growth and meet the demands of today’s talent.

“The city is already home to over 200 nationalities who enjoy unrivaled career opportunities and lifestyle offerings. From world-class retail experiences to Michelin-starred restaurants and local cuisine, sandy beaches, theme parks and an unparalleled cultural scene, Dubai is once again ready to welcome the world, this time in collaboration with Airbnb”.

Airbnb recently released a guide for governments and destinations outlining recommendations on how communities can benefit economically from increased numbers of remote workers. Airbnb’s guide to living and working anywhere: How communities can benefit from remote workers is based on Airbnb’s insights, data, and experiences in partnering with 20 destinations that harness the potential of work distance learning, as well as a review of remote work programs around the world.


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