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Abu Dhabi Expands Freelancer Licences for 48 Types of Businesses

The new Abu Dhabi freelancer licence allows for business activities such as floral arrangements, soap making, entertainment and drawing.

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16 November 2020

Last updated on 16 November 2020
Abu Dhabi Expands Freelancer Licences for 48 Types of Businesses

Aspiring freelancers in Abu Dhabi, there’s a new freelance licence you should know about!

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) announced a new freelancer licence which allows UAE nationals, residents and foreigners to do 48 types of business activities in the capital.

It's the first of its kind in the Emirate, enabling aspiring or struggling freelancers to conduct business in a more flexible job market. According to Abu Dhabi authorities, the new freelancer licence will also help the private sector by keeping costs low.

Another bonus is that it allows individuals in the capital to work without the need for an Emirati national as a partner, nor a local service agent.

ADDED tweeted: "This decision falls under the general guidelines of the individual institutions, with the possibility of working from home or any other location."

Complete list of 48 business activities

  • Fashion design
  • Clothing
  • Gift packaging
  • Natural and aesthetic flowers arrangement
  • Videography
  • Event management
  • Photography studio
  • Event photography
  • Jewellery design
  • Web design
  • Project design and management services
  • Translation
  • Calligraphy
  • Drawing
  • Statistical consultations
  • Agricultural guidance
  • Marketing operations management
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Property
  • Legal consultancy
  • Public relations
  • Standardisation and quality management
  • Pest control
  • Project development
  • Procurement
  • Technical installations
  • Green buildings
  • Information technology
  • Economic feasibility studies
  • Human resources
  • Tourism
  • Heritage
  • Entertainment
  • Administrative studies
  • Food safety
  • Goods designs
  • Fine art
  • Architectural drawings
  • Maritime services
  • Lifestyle development
  • Marketing studies
  • Parliamentary studies
  • Banking
  • Marketing services
  • Energy
  • Space
  • Logistical consultations
  • Fitness
  • Artworks
  • Sculpting
  • Handicrafts
  • Printing services
  • Photocopying
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Printing on textiles or clothes
  • Plastering
  • Engraving
  • Decoration
  • Soap making

What can you do with the new freelancer licence?

According to WAM, applicants for Abu Dhabi's freelancer licence must meet a set of conditions. These terms are as follows:

“In case the applicant works for the public sector, he/she should obtain an approval from the government employer and meet the general requirements.”

“If the applicant works with a permanent employment contract in the private sector, two cases are identified here. In the first case, if the employer’s activity is similar to or overlaps with the activity of the requested license, the employer’s approval is a must, in addition to meeting the general requirements.”

“In the second case, if the employer’s activity is different from the activity of the license to be issued, then the employer’s approval is not needed in this case, same thing applies if the applicant works in a part time contract in the private sector. the two parties’ agreement’s terms and condition will be applied in terms of work timings, leaves and other obligations.”