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What Business Licences Are There In Abu Dhabi? Introducing The Freelance Licence

8th April 2022

An Abu Dhabi freelance licence allows an individual to practice certain professional activities based on their own skill set.

Legal Form: Establishment

Mainland or Free zone: Mainland. The freelance licence enables the individual to work with companies throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Ownership: 100% by an individual

Local Sponsor / Local Service Agent: Not required

Commercial Premises: Not required.

Business name: The individual can choose the trade name they operate under but it must reflect the business activity on the freelance licence.

Bank account: Corporate accounts can be opened with freelance licences, but not all banks offer this facility, so do check first.

Employing Staff: It is not possible to employ staff with a freelance licence.

Freelance Visa: Applicants can apply for a visa upon issuance of their freelance licence, if required. A freelance visa is valid for three years.

Family Visas: Applicants can apply for dependent visas for their spouse and children, if required, only after obtaining their own residence visa. The applicant is the sponsor of the family visas in this instance. The family visas are valid for two years.

Licence Validity: 12 months. Renewable annually.

Gateway Group’s Opinion On The Abu Dhabi Freelance Licence

The Abu Dhabi freelance licence is ideal for any individual wanting to start their own business in a field in which they are qualified and competent. Even if individuals are in existing employment, this Abu Dhabi licence enables them to start a side hustle, making it a great way to test the market before giving up the safety net of a regular salary.

It is a perfect one-man-band business licence for those who only ever intend to have a small business working on their own, and for housewives with specialist skills wanting a cheap license to legally freelance and earn some money of their own or to boost their household income. It is also a cost-effective solution for specialists to remain in the UAE if they are unemployed.

Traditionally, freelance license activities were quite restricted, mainly in the areas of media, IT and education. They tended to focus on professional services only; however, more and more activities are being opened up all the time for this type of license, especially in the field of arts and crafts, making this a great option for crafters, artisans and individuals specializing in handmade creations.

Given that the freelance licence in Abu Dhabi allows individuals to choose a trade name rather than having to operate in their personal name, combined with being able to open corporate bank accounts, it enables them to build a brand identity which inspires professionalism, credibility and confidence. Having a corporate bank account will also help the individual with book keeping by preventing business monies getting confused with personal monies in a personal account.

Price is always important for startups and what makes this licence cost effective, when compared to other options, is that it doesn’t require the individual to lease a commercial premise, giving them the freedom to work from home, coffee shop, or wherever, saving unnecessary expenditure on an unwanted lease – making it ideal for today’s modern professionals who work on-the-go.

Add to the above, the peace of mind of owning the licence 100% outright, without the need for a local sponsor, the freelance licence is extremely attractive.

We also love that this licence type gives individuals the freedom to be self employed and in control of their visa, with the option to sponsor their family visas too.

Is the Abu Dhabi freelance visa right for you? Find out now.

Request a call back for Gateway Group Of Companies to setup your freelance licence in Abu Dhabi. Click the button.

Gateway Group Of Companies - Why We Exist

The Gateway Group Of Companies helps organizations to mitigate the risks of getting licensed to do business in the UAE. We were established back in 2014 to provide no-nonsense, transparent and well communicated services, as a result of witnessing the troubles companies encountered during their company formation in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Establishing a presence in the UAE doesn't need to be difficult, providing you engage the right expertise at the outset. We are just like you - we have invested our own money to establish our businesses in the UAE, so unlike a sales team, we understand and can empathize with the anxieties and risks of doing business overseas and the implications of making the wrong decisions. We are best positioned to provide, on-the-ground, practical advice from first hand experience. Hence, our services are designed to give you full control of your business, protect your assets and keep your profits. After all, this is exactly what we want for our own businesses too.

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Written by Jenny Hunt, Founding Partner & Strategic Advisor to the Gateway Group of Companies, Abu Dhabi & Dubai UAE

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