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Dubai Talent Pass: Everything you should know

Hear ye! Hear ye!
Tis’ a jolly time to be a freelancer.

In a bid to boost creativity in Dubai, Dubai Airport Free Zone has launched a new freelance visa pass crafted for professionals in media, art, culture, technology, and education.
Here’s everything you should know.

What is the talent pass?

The talent pass is a freelance licence being offered by DAFZ for members in the creative community (Photographers, writers, marketers, etc.)

How can you get it?

Unfortunately, it’s not gonna be easy to get a hold of the talent pass.
DAFZ has stated that they will evaluate and process applications for the ‘Talent Pass’. Only a select group will be authorised holders to practice commercial activities within the free zone.

What do you get?

The talent pass offers freelancers a three-year residence visa and a commercial licence.
“Dubai Culture and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs will also offer a golden visa to eligible talent pass holders validated by DAFZ,” Abdulaziz Al Hammadi, senior vice president – marketing and business growth at DAFZ said.

Why is this pass different?

Unlike some other freelance visas, you don’t need to rent a space in a free zone. But the option is there if you want it. And license holders can access a directory of free-zone companies. This means freelancers can generate business from within the free zone.

What documents do you need?

The free zone requires certain documentation from the applicants such as a CV, letter of recommendation, or portfolio to validate and authenticate talent.
However, if you’re a graduate in the specialised field, you can knock off the LoR.

How much will you shell out?

The talent pass costs Dh9,500 ($2,586) and is renewable annually. However, renewal charges will depend on your profile and field.

Will you apply for the ‘Talent Pass’?
Let us know!

The resident ursine of BuzZzing .com, Mahesh always be found jumping from one obsession to the other and sometimes even writes about them. While not juggling hobbies, writing, and existential crises, he tries to get people to call him Nakashima.

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