Freelancing in Dubai

3rd September 2020

The freelance market seems to be picking up in Dubai at a rapid pace.

While many are seeing this as the only viable option due to Covid, other are seeing this as a golden opportunity to leave the corporate world, have more work life balance and maybe even earn more money.

I have been asked about freelancing and various questions about this style of working numerous times over the past few weeks.

I wanted to highlight some pros and cons of freelancing in Dubai;


Flexibility and work life balance –You choose your hours and days you work. Work anytime anywhere.

Ability to work with various clients – For some this keeps your career exciting; every day is different.

You’re in charge, you have complete authority and you can pick and choose what you really want to work.


You can’t guarantee on going work/projects and in turn a salary. There will be busy seasons and slow seasons. Can you survive?

Chasing payment – I think this point speaks for itself…

Lack of benefits – You won’t be getting your standard perm employee benefits (Annual flight ticket home, insurance, visa, holiday pay, bonus and so on). Make sure you factor in the costs.

What’s your experience of freelancing in Dubai?

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