The license targets professionals in media, education, technology, art and marketing

DAFZ launches the TalentPass license for self-employment

Al-Zarouni, Al-Marri and Badri during the signing of the agreement.

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Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ) has announced the launch of a “Talent Pass” license to engage in self-employment, for economic activities related to the sectors of media, education, technology, art, marketing and consultancy in a personal and professional manner, which will be available to specialized talents around the world in a way that stimulates an environment Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai.

This came following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ) with the Dubai Authority for Integrated Economic Zones (DIZ), the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, in the presence of the CEO of the Dubai Authority for Integrated Economic Zones, Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni. and Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Lieutenant-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, and Director General of Dubai Culture, Hala Badri.

The memorandum aims to facilitate the process for creators to obtain licenses, visas, and other advantages that support the procedures for establishing their businesses and facilitate their growth opportunities at the emirate level.

The issuance of the new license is in line with the "Dubai Creative Economy Strategy" launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which translates His Highness' vision to double the contribution of the creative sector to the GDP and increase the emirate's attractiveness to creators and investors. Entrepreneurs and local, regional and global investments, thus contributing to the consolidation of Dubai’s position as the global capital of the creative economy and a global leading center to attract innovators and benefit from their expertise and skills to support the business sector in general.

The three parties will work within the framework of the memorandum of understanding to support efforts to promote the Emirate of Dubai as a center for creative talents and a capital of creativity that includes the best talents and competencies, and attracts them from all over the world, to support its success, development and expansion of its business areas, as DAFZ is committed to providing a license to conduct commercial activities within the region. Duty Free at Dubai Airport, and follow-up and evaluation of submitted applications.

As for Dubai Culture, it will support the "cultural visa" for holders of the applicable license, and encourage talent to join the free zone system by giving them the opportunity to be present in the regional and global market through awareness-raising programs.

In addition, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs will promote the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority, as the most suitable location for the growth of global business, and the Emirate of Dubai is a suitable environment for business that enables talents to expand their opportunities in the market and confirm the use of them to support their ambitions.

motivating features

The TalentPass license qualifies the holder to obtain a residence visa for three years in the country, in addition to renting office space through a variety of modern office solutions provided by the free zone, and provides the highest levels of efficiency in return for flexible operating costs, as well as the possibility of providing services remote.

Holders of this license will be able to access the extensive network of Dubai Airport Free Zone customers, which varies from international companies to small and medium companies and entrepreneurs, in addition to the free zone’s digital platforms, through which they can communicate with customers to facilitate the process of obtaining business, professional contracts and services. , thus developing a list of dealers.

DAFZ includes more than 1,800 companies in more than 20 vital economic sectors, while multinational companies constitute more than 30% of the number of companies, including more than 31 companies classified under the global “Fortune 500” list.

international standing

In this regard, Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni said: “This step supports our strategic plans to support the national economy by enhancing the contribution of the various commercial, investment and creative sectors to the gross domestic product, as well as enhancing the global position of the Emirate of Dubai as a major center for creativity in the heart of the region, and an incubator for the most prominent energies. and creative talents locally, regionally and globally.

Al Zarouni added: “Through this license, we respond to the trends and requirements of the market and the work environment in the emirate, especially in the post-pandemic phase, and it comes within the framework of our keenness to enhance the contribution of the free zone in supporting the achievement of strategic plans aimed at stimulating economic growth, as we seek through it to attract Creative people from all over the world come to the free zone as one of the preferred destinations to launch their creativity, as well as attract and motivate various specialized competencies seeking promising opportunities for success.”

He continued, "The issuance of the new license contributes to enabling the business community and companies in the Emirate of Dubai to benefit from the expertise of specialists, professionals and competencies from all over the world who are incubated by the emirate, and gives them the flexibility to access business support services with diverse expertise and a competitive cost.

This license will also attract more international talents to Dubai, which will enhance the number of professional competencies and the diversity of expertise and competencies at the level of the business community.”

Enhancing the business environment

In turn, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Ahmed Al Marri confirmed that “the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the (Talent Pass) license is consistent with the directions and strategies of (Residence Dubai) to enhance the business environment, and motivate its functional cadres to creativity and innovation in the fields of media, education, technology, art, marketing and consultancy. With the general orientation of the Emirate of Dubai and its endeavors to consolidate its position as an incubator environment for creative talents, and supportive of its ambitions.”

He added that the approach followed by the "Dubai Residence" stems from the directives and visions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, that Dubai is the best city in the world for life and work. Strategic partnerships, achieving the goals of plans, programs and initiatives, especially those concerned with building people and enhancing their capabilities, attracting and supporting talented people, so that they can be an incentive for their peers, and a model that encourages others to innovate and be creative in various fields and sectors.

promising stage

Hala Badri said: “Partnership and cooperation with government and private agencies has always been a priority of our strategy to establish a promising stage of cultural mobility. In addition, this step plays an important role in creating an unprecedented intellectual and creative renaissance in the emirate, based in essence on embracing talent, motivating creators, providing the appropriate climate for the prosperity of their creative works, and placing Dubai on the map of excellence, regionally and globally, as a center for culture and an incubator for creativity A forum for talent and the capital of the creative economy in the region. Hence, we welcome this cooperation with the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority in order to accelerate the advancement of the creative economy sector in the Emirate of Dubai, enhance its competitiveness at the regional and global levels, and attract creative elites from all over the world to take Dubai as the headquarters for its business and prosperity.In this regard, we also express our appreciation to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, which provides us with various forms of support to achieve these goals.”

She added: "We at (Dubai Culture) spare no effort in providing all the ingredients that advance the creative economy in the emirate, and provide it with various elements of success, in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as Creative economy activities constitute one of the vital sectors that contribute to enhancing the emirate's GDP, as defined by the strategy for this sector.

We are fully confident that joint work will lead us to achieve the desired results.”

Mohammed Al Marri:

• "Dubai is consolidating its position as an environment that incubates creative talents and supports their ambitions."

Hala Badri:

• «An unprecedented creative renaissance in the emirate to embrace creators and provide the appropriate climate for the prosperity of their businesses».

Mohammed Al Zarooni:

• «We respond through this license to the trends and requirements of the market and the work environment in the emirate».

Talent Pass License

The "Talent Pass" license joins six licenses provided by the Dubai Airport Free Zone, which is the commercial license that allows the practice of commercial activities, including import, export and re-export, and the general trade license to engage in general trade activities, including import, export, re-export, distribution and warehousing. The industrial license covers light manufacturing activities as well as packaging and assembly, the e-commerce license to trade goods and services online, and the dual license with the Department of Economic Development that allows companies registered with DAFZ to apply for a DED license without the need for physical office space Inside the country to work outside the borders of DAFZ, and the appropriate services license for service companies and the nature of their work.

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