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Cabinet Adopts Remote Work, Multiple-Entry Tourist Visas and Initiative to Boost Flexibility and UAE's Economic Status

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:40:59

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A new remote work visa has been adopted by the UAE cabinet. This new visa shall enable employees from all over the world to work and live in UAE, as well as this will be an approved multiple-entry tourist visa. Several initiatives are approved by the cabinet during a meeting chaired by the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The meeting was attended by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The resolution regarding the new visa is one of those initiatives taken to develop UAE as a more ideal workplace and tourist destination. It was tweeted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum to publicly announce the new Remote Work Visa, approved at the cabinet meeting chaired by him, to enable employees from all over the world to work and live in Dubai, even if the companies they are working for are based in another country. Also, the tourist visa has been introduced to approve multiple entries for the tourists targeting to make UAE’s position as a global economic capital, a stronger one.

Policies to Boost UAE's Global Economic Status

The remote work visa is expected to bring a talented and skilled individual from all over the world to the UAE. The UAE cabinet, through this new Remote Work Visa Scheme, allowed one year visa to allow foreigners to enter the UAE under self-sponsorship and work subject to terms and conditions issued with the visa. The new scheme is supporting both the public and private sectors, developing work-life balance, enhancing productivity and improving a better business circle. This can prove to be an excellent opportunity for the expansion of one's digital skills and keep pace with the gig economy. His Highness assured that the government is working in the development of flexible programmes and initiatives to enable UAE to be the best government in the world in providing the best quality of life and services to the citizens and residents. He pointed out the work towards boosting the global economic status and providing the best quality of life to the citizens and residents is continuing in the journey of development endures.

The multiple-entry tourist visas can be issued to all the nationalities and it is to facilitate the visa procedure for tourists and visitors. The five-year visa enables tourists to enter multiple times self-sponsored and stays in the country for 90 days during each visit, which can be further extended to another 90 days. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced plans for the UAE to join the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the New Development Bank, which was established by the BRICS states and the economic partnership is expected to be growing continuously. He affirmed that the journey of the development of UAE shall be continuous and the changes taking place will be contributing to the renewal and improvement of the government's efforts.The Cabinet adopted some legislative amendments that encourage the legislative system of the country including the amendments on certain provisions of the federal law on Establishing Mediation and Conciliation Centers in Civil and Commercial Disputes and the usage of technologies in the judicial system. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pointed it that the adoption of the legislative amendments regarding the usage of digital technologies in the procedure of Court and transaction is important as the key sectors of justice and legislation must be adaptive towards the fast-growing technologies.

The strategy adopted by UAE in the Government Services among the cabinet's new resolutions was the UAE Strategy for Government Services that aims to boost the country's competitiveness to ensure its position to be best in the world to provide the government services. The strategy focuses on five main pillars which are carrying more than 28 initiatives to provide efficient and advanced digital services, easy accessibility to customers at any time, to be accomplished within the next two years. They are targeting to provide a single smart platform to provide 90 per cent of the services provided by the UAE government within one year that aims to bring customer satisfaction to more than 90 per cent.

The main aim of the strategy is to establish an ecosystem that is comprehensive and ensures designing new smart services, preparation of an accurate customer transaction database and creation of a common data-sharing platform for government entities. Moreover, the strategy also initiates to involve the public in the designing of the proactive digital services that cater to their needs and also empowering the national cadres to proceed towards a future service sector and target to provide an effective government experience. The UAE cabinet approved the Water and Energy Demand Management Programme to a new system for hydrogen fuel power vehicles. Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that the approval of a national system for hydrogen fuel-powered vehicles and a national water and energy demand management programme will be helpful to increase the efficiency of the most energy-consuming sectors by 40 per cent. The sectors include transport, industry and construction.

Bottom Line

The remote work visa policy was appreciated by business leaders who hailed the law as "a breath of fresh air" for businesses, since it makes hiring easier and allows talent acquisition from across the globe. This helps foreign professionals to work for international companies, while staying close to their families, who maybe divided by work locations.

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