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How to Apply for a Freelancer Licence in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi has just made it easier for skilled professionals in certain categories to apply for a work permit without the need for a company’s sponsorship.

Dubai: If you have years of experience in a specialised field and now want to set up your own consultancy, Abu Dhabi has just made it easier for skilled professionals in certain categories to apply for a work permit without the need for a company’s sponsorship.

The freelancer permit, announced by Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), is available to UAE citizens, residents and non-residents, which will allow them to apply for residence visas. The permit also does not have a mandatory requirement for an office space, according to the announcement.

Application method for freelancer licence

To register for the freelancer licence, applicants can call ADDED on 02 815 8888 or register a new account with the Abu Dhabi Business Centre on www.adbc.gov.ae

The Abu Dhabi Business Centre also has an app, available for Android and Apple devices, called ‘AD Business Centre’.

To register with the Abu Dhabi Business Centre, applicants simply need to create a new account by providing the following details:

  1. Full name
  2. Passport number
  3. Mobile number
  4. Email address

Once you set up an account, you can apply for the Freelance licence under the ‘Commercial licence’ category.

You do not need a local service agent or UAE citizen as a partner in order to apply for this licence. However, you would need to provide the following supporting documents for your application to be considered:

  1. Proof of expertise in activity seeking to be licensed for: A university degree, a certificate of experience or accredited accomplishments in desired activity.
  2. If the applicant is a resident:
  • Working in the government sector – should attach a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the employer
  • Working in the private sector under a permanent contract and will be participating in a similar activity – required NOC letter from employer.
  • Working in the private sector on a part-time basis – NOC letter not required.

Which activities are included?

Under the terms of the recently issued resolution, ADDED has identified 48 economic activities that can be practiced with a freelancer licence.

The economic activities include:

  1. Working soap forming
  2. Parties and events organising
  3. Tourist and recreation consultants
  4. Green buildings consultant
  5. Marketing consultancy and studies
  6. Information technology consultancy
  7. Translation publication services
  8. Heritage consulting
  9. Plastering and carving works
  10. Coordination of natural and artificial flowers
  11. Space consultancies
  12. Design services
  13. Consulting technical equipment
  14. Fashion and clothes designing
  15. Real estate consultancy
  16. Public relations consultancy
  17. Human resource consultancy
  18. Marketing consultancy in the field of energy
  19. Computer devices and equipment domain consultancy
  20. Handcrafted products and environmental works
  21. Landscape and gardening services
  22. Marketing operations management
  23. Parliamentary consultancy
  24. Economic feasibility consultancy and studies
  25. Administrative consultancy and studies
  26. Parties and occasions photography
  27. Lifestyle development consultancy
  28. Calligraphers and painters
  29. Agricultural extension services
  30. Plague resisting consultancy
  31. Procurement consulting
  32. Quality, standardisation and measuring consultancy
  33. Maritime consultancies services
  34. Commodities designing consultancy
  35. Project management services
  36. Network websites designing
  37. Jewellery design, jewellery
  38. Statistical services consultancies
  39. Personal videography
  40. Gift-wrapping
  41. Banking services consultancy
  42. Artwork for cosmetic craft (sculpture)
  43. Consultancy project development
  44. Food safety consulting
  45. Photography services
  46. Architectural production and drawing technical consultancy
  47. Fine arts consultancy
  48. Logistics consultancy

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