Dubai partners with Airbnb to promote the city as a hub for remote work

Short term rental company Airbnb has partnered with the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) to promote the city as a hub for remote work.

In March 2021, the United Arab Emirates introduced a one-year digital nomad visa that allows people to live in the emirate while continuing to work for companies back home. The collaboration is part of the United Arab Emirates’ one-year residence permit for professionals working remotely.

The Remote Work Center will facilitate a one-stop-shop for future remote workers, in accordance with a fast company report.

Details on entry procedures, visa restrictions and long-term accommodation listings in the area for anyone intending to reside and work in Dubai will be made available by the centre.

Velma Corcoran, regional manager for the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Airbnb, pointed out that 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 newfound flexibility to work and travel and help the city harness the economic benefits of this new type of tourism,” said she added.

Airbnb and the DET will advertise Dubai to remote employees seeking accommodation and guidance for their extended stays, the report added.

According to Airbnb, long-term stays of more than 28 days hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of almost double compared to the same period in 2019.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, cited Dubai’s global connectivity and pro-business ecosystem combined with visa-friendly reform as the factors that have contributed to its status as “a leading center for remote workers”.

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