Dubai Airport Free Zone introduces new ‘Talent Pass’ to attract creative talents


In an aim to double the creative sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP and boost the number of jobs from 70,000 to 150,000 within the next five years, Dubai Government has introduced a new initiative ‘Talent pass’.

Introduced by Dubai Airport Free Zone, the Talent pass is a three-year license for freelance work (self-employment) to attract talented professionals from a wider range of fields such as technology, consultancy, education, media, and others.

The three-year residence visa will allow its holders to rent commercial office space in the free zone that offers flexible costs and remote services.

They will also have access to the free zone’s customers, who range from international companies to small and medium enterprises as well as entrepreneurs. Talent pass holders will also have access to the free zone’s digital platform that allows them to contact customers for easier access to work, contracts and services.

A collaboration between Dubai Airports Free Zone, Dubai Culture and General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), the pass is one of the kinds in the world.

For the initiative, Dubai Culture will support the Cultural Visa to foster the art and culture sector in the emirate by attracting talented individuals. Dubai Airport Free Zone will evaluate and process applications for the talent pass and issue licences to practise commercial activities within the free zone.

The Dubai Government in the last few years have been keen on making the region a global cultural hub and a host to various creative talents and the talent pass is one of them.

Recently, the Dubai government also announced the granting of a 10-year Golden Visa to several talented individuals and celebrities from various sectors.

The initiative is a part of Dubai strategy for the creative economy that was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, which seeks to double the contribution of the creative sector to Dubai’s gross domestic product.

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