A digital nomad is a term we are becoming more familiar with, perhaps as a result of the pandemic. Put simply, a digital nomad is a person who can work remotely using technology and telecommunications to get the job done. This means that a digital nomad can travel anywhere in the world (so long as there is internet) and is not tied down to one place.
Dubai is on a lot of peoples radar with their swift navigation through the pandemic and these people are being lured to the city as a result. Dubai has continued to operate to a degree where many businesses have been able to survive and in some cases grow and emerge. The pandemic has meant that many countries across the globe are still experiencing some form of lockdown whereas Dubai is operating much more freely - of course, with safety procedures firmly in place.
The tax-free benefits of living in the city are another pull for digital nomads, as well as the affordability of properties Dubai offers compared to other cities around the world. For example a 2 bedroom apartment on Palm Jumeirah can be bought for AED 2.2 Million whereas a 2 bedroom apartment in Lagos, Portugal can be bought for AED 2.8 Million. Both properties are located in prime locations with sea views and access to swimming pools but the tax-free earning offered means people get more for their money in the emirate.
Moreover, the leadership of the UAE has shown such forward thinking and have executed plans quickly and precisely for the betterment of the city. New visas have been implemented making it easier for expats to call the UAE home and the groundbreaking decision to introduce dual citizenship is adding a huge amount of confidence amongst the expat community.
New visas have also been introduced for remote workers from overseas. The UAE remote working visa is the perfect way for digital nomads to trial the city or perhaps stay for a few months to a year on their travels. Dubai was previously a little harder to navigate as visas were harder to come by for digital nomads without them starting a company or paying for a freelance visa.
The UAE government announced in 2020 that an overhaul of personal and family law was on the cards. This overhaul would mean that unmarried couples can cohabitate legally and the consumption of alcohol for non-muslims is no longer a criminal offence. The UAE is advancing by the day and cementing itself as a hub of opportunity and a safe place to live and digital nomads are taking note.
As a result of the way the UAE has handled the Covid-19 pandemic, many people around the globe are attracted to the city. They see the economy is still running and is managed efficiently and this has created demand.
Dubai is becoming the place to be for talent from all over the world and is definitely catching the attention of digital nomads who are looking for a change and to live in one of the best cities in the world where opportunities are second to none and advancements for its betterment are constantly being made.
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