How to Be a Digital Nomad in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

How to Be a Digital Nomad in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Did you know that Dubai is one of the most fantastic places to live in the world? Imagine yourself living and at the same time working in one of the wealthiest and safest places to be! Though not the entire United Arab Emirates offers you opportunities to work from home or remotely, Dubai does. Here’s an excellent guide on How to Work Remotely From Dubai, UAE, and start your Digital Nomad lifestyle in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

UAE’s most famous city is Dubai, and it is one of the top most-visited cities in the world. With ancient and contemporary tourist attractions, you will enjoy numerous things here. You can shop, tour, eat, take selfies, and relax in this magnificent Emirate (city). As they say, it’s a perfect place to mix business with enjoyment!

Oppsss… Before going to Dubai, you will need to secure a visa first. Continue reading for you to get started.

Things you need to know for Dubai UAE Digital Nomad Visa (Virtual Working Programme)

Length of Stay: 1 Year

Where to Apply: Dubai UAE or Online Application

Fees: USD 287 plus medical insurance & processing fee 

  • You have at least 6 months valid passport.
  • You can come with a tourist visa and apply when you are ready
  • Make sure you got vaccinated in your country of origin.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you may receive COVID-19 Vaccinations free of charge in Dubai. (Ask for assistance)
  • You are not allowed to go out of the country for more than six months, and your visa will be nullified
  • USD 5000 is your minimum monthly income.
  • If you have family living or working in Dubai, then you can save by sharing the flat or house rentals.

Dubai Digital Nomad Visa (Virtual Working Programme) Requirements

1. Valid Passport for at least 6 months.

2. With UAE coverage Health Insurance

3. Proof of income or business.

If Employed – Employment Contract with one-year validity

If Business Owner – Proof of Ownership of Business for one year or more

Minimum income or salary : USD 5,000

Bank Statement for the last 3 months

But, if you are going to ask for help from a travel agency, you will not provide any if Proof of Employment or Business for Tourist Visa. Just make sure you can afford to stay in Dubai. 

4. Digital Copy of your Passport photo – with white background and the Size is 45 x 35 mm

 

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What are the 7 Emirates of the United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate. Its population around mid-2014 was 2.65 million. GDP of Abu Dhabi for the year 2014 was AED 960,146 million (at current prices)

Abu Dhabi city in the emirate is the federal capital of the UAE.

Dubai

Dubai is the second largest emirate. Its population is estimated to be 2,446,675 individuals at the end of 2015. Dubai’s GDP reached around AED 338 billion as of 2014.

The older districts of Dubai cover an area of 1500sq. m. and is called ‘Pearl of the Gulf’ and ‘Jewel of the world’ because of its heritage and history.

Sharjah

Sharjah is the third largest emirate in the UAE with an area of 2,590sq. km. It occupies 3.3 per cent of the total area of the UAE (not counting the islands). It is known for its picturesque landscapes and seascapes.

The emirate has many educational institutions, which ensure a continuous supply of fresh talent armed with the latest knowledge in engineering, science and technology and other skills that support economic growth.

Ajman

Ajman is the smallest of the seven emirates measuring about 259sq. km. which is about 0.3 per cent of the UAE’s area without the islands. Ajman has a few sandy beaches but is mainly characterised by the rugged Hajjar mountain range. Although Ajman city is modern and provides up-to-date services and facilities, it reflects its traditional charm.

Umm Al Quwain

Umm Al Quwain is the second smallest and the least populated emirate in the UAE. It covers an area of approximately 720 sq. km. which is equivalent to 1 per cent of the UAE’s area. 

Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is the fourth-largest emirate. It is estimated to have a total population of 345,000. The emirate has a diverse economy, with no single sector contributing more than 30% to overall GDP. 

Fujairah

Fujairah is the only emirate that is located completely on the eastern coast of the UAE along the Gulf of Oman. The shores of Fujairah extend along the Gulf of Oman for about 70km. from the city of Fujairah in the south to the town of Dibba in the far north. The total area of the emirate of Fujairah is 1,450 sq. km. 

Top Places to Visit in Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Dubai’s landmark building and significant tourist attraction is the Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the most famous of the city’s points of interest.

For most visitors, a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird’s-eye perspective are simply staggering.

The slick observation deck experience includes a multimedia presentation on both Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) before a high-speed elevator whizzes you up to the observation deck for those 360-degree views out across the skyscrapers to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other.

Nighttime visits are particularly popular with photographers due to Dubai’s famous city-lights panoramas.

Buy your Burj Khalifa “At the Top” Entrance Ticket in advance to avoid long line-ups, especially if you are planning to visit on a weekend.

Back on the ground, wrapping around the Burj Khalifa, are the building’s beautifully designed gardens, with winding walkways. There are plenty of water features including the Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain, modeled on the famous Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. 

Shopping at Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is the city’s premier mall and one of the city’s best places to visit for a day of shopping and indoor activities to keep the kids busy. It provides entry to the Burj Khalifa, as well as the Dubai Aquarium.

There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone, and cinema complex if you’re looking for more entertainment options.

The shopping and eating is endless, and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The most famous of these are the annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.

Location: Doha Road, just off Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai Museum

Dubai’s excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort’s walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles, and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronds, mud, and plaster.

In its history, the fort has served as a residence for the ruling family, a seat of government, garrison, and prison. Restored in 1971 (and again extensively in 1995), it is now the city’s premier museum.

Address: Al-Fahidi Street, Al-Fahidi

Dubai Creek & Al Seef District

Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns, with Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south.

The creek has been an influential element in the city’s growth, first attracting settlers here to fish and pearl dive.

Small villages grew up alongside the creek as far back as 4,000 years ago, while the modern era began in the 1830s when the Bani Yas tribe settled in the area.

The Dhow Wharfage is located along Dubai Creek’s bank, north of Al-Maktoum Bridge. Still used by small traders from across the Gulf, some of the dhows anchored here are well over 100 years old.

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Dubai’s mosques.

An exact copy of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, which is eight times its size, the Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture.

This stone structure is built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with two minarets that display the subtle details in the stonework. It is particularly attractive in the evening when lit with floodlights.

Souks of Deira

Deira lies on the northern bank of Dubai Creek, and the winding streets here unveil the melting pot of different nationalities that have come to call Dubai home.

On the shore, ancient dhows load and unload with modern banks, hotels, and office buildings as a backdrop.

For travelers, Deira is most famous for its traditional souks (markets), which bustle with shoppers at all times of the day.

Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame at sunset

Experience Skywalk while enjoying the view of Old & New Dubai.

Sitting slap-bang between Dubai’s older neighborhoods clustered around the creek and the city’s modern sprawl, this ginormous 150-meter-high picture frame is one of Dubai’s latest sights.

Inside, a series of galleries whisk you through the city’s history and explore Emirati heritage before you travel up to the Sky Deck, where there are fantastic panoramas of both old and new Dubai to be snapped on the viewing platforms.

Afterwards check out Future Dubai gallery, which imagines what a futuristic vision of the city will look like.

Address: Zabeel Park, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road

Burj al-Arab

The Burj Al-Arab is the world’s tallest hotel, standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline.

Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the building is lit up by a choreographed, colored lighting show at night.

Decadent in every way possible, the Burj Al-Arab is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, with the most luxurious suites costing more than $15,000 for one night.

For those without unlimited credit, the way to experience the over-the-top opulence is to go for dinner at the underwater Al-Mahara restaurant, where floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls allow you to view sea life while you eat, or you can enjoy lunch at California-style fusion restaurant Scape.

For the ultimate panoramic views over the city, book afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar (a minimum spend is required) on the 27th floor.

Address: Jumeirah Road, Dubai

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Flamingos at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Flamingo Lovers? This is perfect for you!

ou don’t have to go too far away from the skyscrapers to soak up a more natural vista.

The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary incorporates the mangrove forests and wetlands of Dubai creek.

An important stop-off on the migration routes, it’s a prime place to spot flamingos in winter when massive flocks of these majestic pink birds wade through the lagoons, backdropped by soaring high-rises.

Various hides in prime spots have been set up within the park to allow bird-watchers good views of the birdlife.

Address: Ras Al Khor Street, Dubai

Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

This water park, based at Atlantis, The Palm on the Palm Jumeirah – Dubai’s famous man-made island development – is a great place to cool off after a few days of hectic shopping and sightseeing.

The waterslide action here is excellent and world-class, with the Aquaconda, the world’s longest water slide; a nine-story-tall slide, aptly named the Leap of Faith; and water coaster rides.

There’s also underwater safaris using Sea TREK helmets; a dedicated water play area for smaller children with slides; and for when all your energy has been used up, a 700-meter sweep of white-sand beach.

Address: Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden Timings, Location, and Tickets | Veena World

This is the world’s largest natural flower garden.

Not content with constructing the world’s largest buildings and malls, Dubai has created the world’s largest flower garden, spanning 2,000 square meters and home to a reputed 100 million flowers.

Everything that can be covered with flowers has been, from twee English-style cottages to windmills and trucks. There’s even a flower version of the Burj Khalifa.

Stroll the walkways and enjoy the riot of color and the wacky flower displays.

Address: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Rd, Al Barsha

Dubai Marina

Where to find Dubai Marina & how to get around

Dubai Marina sits on the Arabian Gulf coast to the west of Palm Jumeirah. It is 33kms away from DXB Airport, about 30 minutes off peak along Sheikh Zayed Road E11m but can take longer if there’s heavy traffic.

Dubai Marina Metro

You can get to Dubai Marina by Careem/Taxi, or it’s possible to access Dubai Marina from the Red Line Metro. The two most convenient stops are DMCC Station 1 and DAMAC Properties Metro which also connect with the Dubai Tram.

Dubai Marina Tram

The Dubai Tram services the whole of the Dubai Marina area in a circular loop then continues onward to Dubai Media City area and Knowledge Village. It can be a quick and convenient way to get from A to B – assuming it’s heading in the direction you need! Otherwise, sometimes it can be quicker to tackle distances on foot, along the waterfront you can avoid the traffic lights that the trams need to stop at.

The Dubai Tram is a convenient way to connect with the Palm Monorail, though note the Palm Monorail is privately operated, not part of the Dubai RTA transport system that uses Nol card, so separate (quite hefty) fees are applicable. 

Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel

dubai ferris wheel

  • Enjoy exquisite views over the Dubai city skyline and coastline from atop the world’s highest Ferris wheel.
  • Hop on to one of its fully enclosed, highly safe and air-conditioned cabins that can seat up to 40 people (although its capacity is now minimized to seven to ten people.)Find yourself soaring to a
  • height of over 250 meters on its approximately 40-minute revolution.
  • Capture insta-worthy snaps as you freely roam around your cabin and look out for the breathtaking sights.
  • Be in awe at the astonishing 360 degree views of Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, among other treasured landmarks.
  • Enrich your Ain Dubai experience by opting for premium cabin.

Dubai Global Village

3 new things at this year's Global Village Dubai - Virgin Radio Dubai

One of the most magical places to visit in Dubai at night is the seasonal extravaganza of Global Village.

Part theme park, part market – it’s truly difficult to describe Global Village without experiencing it! A wonderful festival of colour, sounds, smells, and tastes as countries around the world showcase their foods, handicrafts, dance and culture in one giant venue.

Scores

  • 🌟 Total score 80% top 10 in our Digital Nomad List% 80% top 10 in our Digital Nomad List%
  • 🛍️ Quality of life score 75 Excellent% 75 Excellent%
  • 👪 Family Friendly Score 65 Great!% 65 Great!%
  • 💰 Cost of Living 70 🤗 pricey% 70 🤗 pricey%
  • 🖥️ Internet 40 🚀 Fast: 8 (Mbps)% 40 🚀 Fast: 8 (Mbps)%
  • 🌴Adventure 80 lots of place to go to% 80 lots of place to go to%
  • ☀️ Temperature 60 28°C 😌% 60 28°C 😌%
  • 😄 Happiness* 90% 90%
  • 📶 Free WiFi in city 80% 80%
  • 🖥 Places to work from 100% 100%
  • 😁 Friendly to foreigners 90% 90%
🗺️ Continent Middle East 🏳️‍🌈 Country United Arab Emirates
✈️ Average trip length 9 days 🖥️ Internet speed (avg) 8 Mbps
☀️ Weather (now) ☀️ 28°C + 😊 Comfy (58%) = feels 29°C 💨 Air quality (now) 👎😷 142 US AQI  =  🚬 🚬 / day
🔋 Power 230V 50Hz 🚖 Best taxi app* Careem
🚑 Travel medical insurance Safetywing 📸 Tourists now 306,831 tourists
📸 Visitors per year 16,010,000 visitors 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 GDP per capita* $37,622 / year
♻️ Return rate 👍15% of visitors return ✈️ Best short-haul air carrier Fly Dubai

Best Time to Visit Dubai

One of the most difficult things you’ll have to put up with when travelling to Dubai is the weather due to its desert climate. While they do have air-conditioning pretty much everywhere, it can sometimes get impossible to be outdoors during the hot months. However, it is worth mentioning that the UAE and Dubai especially have made it possible to do pretty much everything indoors without letting the heat stop you from having an absolute blast. There’s hot weather, and then there’s Dubai hot and extremely humid weather. 

There are two seasons in Dubai: summer and spring. 

During the months of May-October, the weather is generally hot. Starting from May, Dubai has highs of 38 degrees Celsius and lows of 25 degrees Celsius. However, from June- August it is normal for day temperatures to reach up to highs of 40-41 degrees Celsius with lows of 30-31 degrees Celsius. In September and October, the weather gradually starts to come down to highs of 35-38 degrees Celsius and lows of 25-28 degrees Celsius. 

While the summer can be tough in Dubai, the winter which acts like spring offers the most ideal weather that anyone can wish for. Unlike many other destinations, the sun comes out and makes a full appearance even during the months of December-February. If you’re only there for a short period, this is the absolute best time to visit Dubai. During these months, the highs can reach 24-25 degrees Celsius and lows of 14-18 degrees Celsius. That means you can still hit the beach, enjoy the sunny vibes and only need a light jacket at night while you sit outdoors and take in the breeze.


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🏏 Cricket +623% 🎨 UI/UX Design +119% 🚚 Logistics +88% 🕺 Breakdance +84%
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Cost of Living Dubai

Dubai is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in and is usually not considered a backpacking-friendly city. Due to the lavish lifestyle it offers, it is expected that it comes with a price tag. For a digital nomad living alone in Dubai, it is normal to spend around AED 3,500 a month, not including rent. However, as a family of four, you could be spending up to AED 12,000/month. To help you wrap your head around day-to-day expenses, here are the average prices of items in Dubai: 

  • Cappuccino: AED 20 
  • Water bottle (0.33 litres): AED 1.65 
  • 1 litre of milk: AED 5.85 
  • A loaf of bread: AED 5
  • A dozen eggs: AED 9.5 
  • 1 kg of cheese: AED 36.5
  • 1 kg chicken: AED 26
  • 1 kg of beef: AED 40
  • Domestic beer: AED 15
  • Imported beer: AED 20
  • A pack of cigarettes: AED 22
  • Utility bills for a one-bedroom apartment: AED 660 
  • Meal for 2 at an inexpensive restaurant: AED 70 
  • Meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant: AED 250 
  • Groceries for a family of four per month: AED 2,000

As mentioned before, Dubai can be very expensive compared to other cities.

You can rent a studio apartment in the city center for $2,042/month. Airbnbs cost around $3,432/month, so it is much better to find an apartment to rent.

You can buy a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for $10. A cappuccino costs $5.11 and a beer costs around $12.

Getting around Dubai is easy. It has two convenient Metro lines (red and green), and they run through the busiest areas of the city. There are also many low-cost buses that run 24-hours. Make sure to purchase a Nol Card, a rechargeable card you can use for the metro, bus, taxis, and trams. We recommend you get the Silver Nol Card, which is the starter card for regular use. The Silver Nol Card costs 25AED ($6.81) upfront, and it can be loaded up to 100AED ($27).

✅ Pretty safe ❌ Freedom of speech is weak
✅ Warm now ❌ No democracy
✅ Warm all year round ❌ Too expensive
✅ Perfect humidity now ❌ Pretty slow internet
✅ Nomad List members liked going here ❌ Not much to do
✅ Many Nomad List members here all year round ❌ Way too hot in the summer
✅ Spacious and not crowded ❌ Bad air quality today
✅ Very easy to do business ❌ Difficult to make friends
✅ High quality of education ❌ People don’t speak English well
✅ Great hospitals ❌ Not family friendly
✅ Roads are pretty safe ❌ Hostile towards LGBTQ+
✅ Safe for women
✅ Not many people smoke tobacco

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We’re on a mission to change healthcare — how it’s paid for, delivered, experienced. We want to put people center stage, not process or profit. We are guided by a deep belief that every person on Medicare should be treated like we would treat a member of our own family: with loving care and a profound commitment to their health and well-being. 

Why Devoted: Make a difference… a big difference. You will have the opportunity, in a unique and dynamic culture, to be a part of something incredibly meaningful. We’re a disruptive startup with an inspiring mission. Learn and grow alongside our world-class team of healthcare, technology, and data leaders, dedicated to building a health plan and clinical services that care for everyone like they were our own mothers or fathers. Our team and board members have decades of experience in health care entrepreneurship, data, technology, services, and policy. With their support, we look forward to building a health plan and clinical services that will give seniors easy access to the high-quality care they deserve.

We are building a modern, reliable and scalable LegalTech / FinTech platform using the most modern technologies to handle a wide range of business processes including claim purchasing, end-to-end legal process management, automatic payment mapping, debt collection and other exciting and challenging topics. Our technologies and methodologies include: 

  1. Event-sourced, CQRS-based services running on AWS Fargate with CI/CD pipelines

  2. Full “Infrastructure as Code” via AWS CDK

  3. Test automation as an integral part of our development process

Sennen is hiring an operations engineer to run and evolve our global offshore wind farm and renewable energy management platform.

Our vision is to transform infrastructure through technology, for a more sustainable world. Our mission is to become the go-to technology provider for renewable energy operators who are serious about safety, automation and efficiency at scale.

Deployments are to AWS – Sennen’s own account or a client’s account – entailing multiple databases and Docker services to facilitate our complex data integration processes, to drive our state-of-the-art applications. We’re preparing for our largest solution to date, a multi-site five year partnership with EDF Renewables. In addition to our ongoing solutions for clients including London Array and Foresight, we have a healthy pipeline of new prospects and ambitious growth plans.

You’ll provide the infrastructure, security and automation that underpins 24*7 production ops, ensuring we remain robust, nimble and efficient as we scale up. We have several existing infrastructure provision processes, as well as an ambitious roadmap of changes, and we’ll welcome your insights around the resources and evolution of the environments.

  • I was in Dubai for 1 week, It’s the best place for doing business and modern lifestyle, You can see an impressive infrastructure and what the mankind can build. -Anonymous 1month ago

  • I was in Dubai briefly. It’s not the cheapest location, but it can be very cheap if you’re in Old Dubai, which is the traditional part. The supermodern parts are more expensive and also fairly unwalkable, whereas the old part is quite walkable and like a real city. It’s not my favorite city and the gender ratio is quite weird with statistics showing about 3 men to 1 woman. It’s good for vacation more so than nomading in my opinion. -Anonymous 2months ago

For Digital Nomads researching where to live or work in any city or country, there is a company called Anyplace, that finds apartments with working internet, fully furnished, and if you like with any type of office setup you want. Anyplace apartments are provided with flexible terms and fully furnished in 46 countries and 294+ cities. The company is staffed with Digital Nomads, so they have actually stayed at many of the places that they reference, so they have a perspective of what it is really like to live and work there. The Anyplace solution has no long-term commitments and move-in-ready accommodations. Learn More here.

A company called Anyplace caters specifically to Digital Nomads by providing a service that finds and provides fast and easy accommodations that have flexible time commitments, totally furnished apartments, office space, and equipment included and they handle the entire booking process from A-Z, payment collection, screenings, and customer support. Blurring the lines of travel, Anyplace is the world’s first and only marketplace dedicated to all types of flexible living. Their users are digital nomads, interns, medical professionals, students, retirees, and corporate travelers who are all familiar with long-term stays and who view traveling as a lifestyle. Check them out here.

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  • n.Widipedia.org
  • Nomadlist.com
  • DigitalNomadWorld.com
  • Expertvagabond.com
  • DigitalNomads.world
  • Thrivemyway.com
  • Abrotherabroad.com
  • Tomaslau.com
  • Thepointsguy.com
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