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

How to Apply for a Dubai Digital Nomad Visa (Virtual Working Programme)

STEP 1: Check if you are eligible and interested. 

STEP 2: Visit this website and click “Apply Now.” Have your documents ready.Aw21

STEP 3: Enter your details and click “Apply Now.”

STEP 4: Check your e-mail. You will receive instructions there.

STEP 5: Send an e-mail to workvirtual@dubaitourism.ae and attach the requirements.

STEP 6: Your requirements will be reviewed by Al Rais Travel Agencies LLC, the official partner of Dubai’s Tourism & Commerce Marketing. You will be given instructions on how much you will pay and how to pay. Fees will depend on your citizenship and your location.

STEP 7: Pay the fees.

STEP 8: Wait for the decision that your visa is granted. Once you have it, you can enjoy working remotely in Dubai!

Frequently Asked Questions for Dubai Digital Nomad Visa

1. How long will the application be processed?

It is not yet stated on their website.

2. How long can I stay?

You can stay there for a year.

3. Do I need to have a return ticket?

You will be staying there for 1 year, so don’t worry about return ticket. 

4. Can I go in and out of Dubai?

Yes, you may go in and out. However, you can’t go out for more than 6 months as your visa will be nullified.

5. Can I bring my dependents to Dubai?

Currently, it’s for the applicant. The authorities are still having talks with immigration.

6. What are the added benefits?

If you live here, you can be a bit like residents, with phone lines, resident ID Cards, rent accommodation, enroll your children in schools, and get a free COVID-19 Vaccination.

7. Is this renewable?

As it’s only good for one year, you can re-apply again.

Those are what you need to know and how you can apply for a Dubai Digital Nomad Visa. Dubai is indeed a great place to be; it’s safe and offers you a lot of entertainment and ease. You also have great perks as a resident, too, like a free vaccine. So, what are you waiting for? Apply now!

Source: Two Monkeys Travel Group

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. Read More

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. Read More 

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. Read More 

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. Read More 

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. Read More 

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. Read More 

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. Read More

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. More Info @ www.burjkhalifa.ae

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

More Info at http://www.thedubaimall.com/

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

Official site: https://www.dubaiframe.ae/en

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

Official site: http://wildlife-ae.herokuapp.com

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

Official site: www.atlantisthepalm.com

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

Official site: www.dubaimiraclegarden.com

Source:  Planet Ware

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. Read More 

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.

The 2021/22 season marks the 26th year of Global Village which continues to grow every year – 78 cultures across 26 pavilions and 3,500 displays will feature in this winter’s event.

Source: Dubai Travel Planner