Why Dubai is an international hotspot for remote workers and digital nomads in 2023

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Dubai, an intriguing city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has become one of the most popular destinations in 2022 among international travellers. Its impressive skyscrapers, beautiful beaches and incredible attractions have attracted a lot of attention lately.especially among TikTokers– and now, more and more digital nomads want to stay in this exciting destination for a few months.

Aerial view of Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai during sunset

In 2021, the government introduced a Remote work program for Dubai, allowing remote workers to live for up to a year in this fascinating city. And now Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has partnered with Airbnb and launched a new work center as part of the Live and Work Anywhere program.

The government is interested in attracting digital nomads, and now travelers from all over the world have their eyes on this city, which is considered one of the top 20 destinations. support remote work worldwide. Here’s why Dubai will be an international hotspot in 2023:

Friendly for remote workers

The main challenge for digital nomads when deciding on a new destination to live for a few months is having legal status. Dubai offers remote workers and business owners the opportunity to apply for a remote work visa program.

Woman working on laptop from United Arab Emirates

Here are the main considerations for applicants:

  • Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months.
  • Health insurance that covers the UAE.
  • Employees: proof of employment and minimum wage of $3,500 per month.
  • Business owners: proof of business ownership for at least one year or employment outside the UAE, monthly income over $3,500.
  • Applicants must complete an application form and pay a fee. It costs $611 total.

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Photographer exploring the city of Dubai

More details can be found on the official site. Once approved, travelers can live for 1 year in Dubai – they are permitted to travel but cannot be away for more than 6 months – and receive resident benefits, such as the Emirates ID that digital nomads can use to rent accommodation or open a bank account.

Another nice perk for remote workers is that they don’t have to pay local income tax while living on this visa.

Airbnb’s new hub

Airbnb has focused on the digital nomad market and the company is now one of the main references for governments who want to develop special programs for this type of traveler while taking into account the benefits they can bring to the local economy.

Arab man working from laptop on bench

Listings on Airbnb range from $34 per night in a private room for $972 per night in a luxury villa. And now, with the new alliance, Airbnb will promote the city, provide guidance for those who want to work remotely, and develop a special connected ecosystem for digital nomads.

Beautiful indoor pool with Arabian-style architecture

On their platform, Airbnb has a special section for this destination, Living and working in Dubaiwith valuable information for remote workers interested in living in this city.

Why Dubai?

Tourism in Dubai has increased significantly this year – more than 185% in the first six months of the year compared to 2021 – and the government is focused on its vision: “To make Dubai the city of the future and the best place in the world to live, work, and invest.

Woman admiring the Dubai skyline from a swimming pool

Apart from stunning buildings like the 160-storey Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the breathtaking moon-shaped luxury resort opening soon, the impressive artificial Palm Jumeirah archipelago, water parks, beaches and interesting local culture, there are other attractive benefits for teleworkers:

  • The Dubai average internet speed is 118.52 Mbps, according to 2021 dataand the country recently ranked as the third best internet connection in the world according to the Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL).
View of Dubai Marina, camels and famous Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, UAE
  • Although the official language is Arabic, English is the most commonly spoken language. Dubai is considered one of the easiest destinations for expats to settle in.
  • Crime rates are very low. Dubai is considered a very safe destination, however, digital nomads and travelers should keep local laws, religion, and culture in mind. U.S. citizens should heed the U.S. State Department’s decision Travel tips.
Man riding a camel at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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