UAE to issue residence permit to Nigerians, others for virtual work

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The United Arab Emirates has announced that a residence permit for remote workers is now available. This development leads to the approval of a multiple-entry pathway tourist system for people of all nationalities.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Emirati Vice President and Prime Minister, who made the announcement via his Twitter handle, explained that the introduction of the new residency permit means that “any employee anywhere in the world can reside in the UAE to practice work remotely even if the company is not present in the country.”

“During a cabinet meeting I chaired, we approved a new remote work visa that enables employees from all over the world to live and work remotely from the UAE even if their companies are based in another country,” he said.

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The introduction of residence permit for remote workers comes as a result of the work-from-home policy that has been enacted in all parts of the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is intended to encourage workers employed around the world to relocate to Dubai.

The UAE government recently made its laws more flexible for foreigners, such as loosening alcohol restriction and allowing for unmarried couples to live together.
These measures have attracted more foreigners to the prime Gulf country and boosted its tourism industry.

In January, the government also allowed citizenship to be offered to foreign investors and other gifted professionals, with the aim of boosting its economy amidst the pandemic.

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