Dubai and Airbnb team up to attract telecommuting professionals

Vacation listings website Airbnb has partnered with Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism to unveil Dubai’s remote work hub as the UAE seeks to attract more talent to the region with his one-year residence permit for teleworking professionals.

The remote work center will serve as one-stop-shop for aspiring teleworkerssaid the DET.

Anyone wishing to live and work in Dubai can use the hub to find long term local listingsas well as information on entry requirements and visa policies, he said.

“Dubai is a world leader in facilitate teleworkingsaid Velma Corcoran, regional manager for the Middle East and Africa at Airbnb.

“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.”

The UAE introduced a one year digital nomad visa in March 2021 which allows people to live in the Emirates while continuing to work for employers in their home country.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said the residence permit meant that “any employee anywhere in the world can reside in the UAE to practice remote work, even if the company is not not present in the country”.

The decision came as people increasingly worked from home in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The one-year visa allows individuals to enter the UAE from abroad on self-sponsorship and work under the terms and conditions issued with the visa.

Earlier this year, Airbnb included Dubai in its list of the world’s 20 most remote destinations for workers, alongside the Canary Islands, Thailand and the Caribbean.

In April, Dubai was ranked third best city in the world for digital nomads to live, search by property consultancy Savills found.

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

“The city is already home to over 200 nationalities who enjoy unrivaled career opportunities and lifestyle offerings.”

As part of the remote work hub program, Airbnb and DET will promote Dubai to remote workers seeking accommodation and advice for their long-term stays, according to the statement.

Long-term stays, defined as more than 28 days, hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2022, more than doubling from the same period in 2019, according to Airbnb.

In the first three months of 2022, searches for international solo trips to the UAE for long-term stays increased by more than 280% compared to the same period in 2019, the platform said.

The rise of remote work is an opportunity for countries to develop policies and programs to attract these workers, who can further support local economic growth and innovation, Airbnb said in a September report.

Many jurisdictions are looking to tap into the economic potential of remote work by streamlining rules and regulations to allow remote workers to live and work in their communities, the report says.

“These efforts run the gamut from one-time relocation incentives and targeted tax breaks to the creation of remote worker-specific visa processes and community amenities that promote local small businesses and cultural institutions,” he said. -he adds.

Updated: December 21, 2022, 11:27 a.m.

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