Talent pass


Looking to start your career as a freelancer within the fields of Arts, Culture, Education, Media, Marketing, Consultancy, and Technology in the UAE? Then look no further, Talent pass is the way to go !

When you join DAFZ as a Talent Pass holder, you will access a community of 2,500+ international companies from more than 20 sectors and a myriad of opportunities and possibilities of exponential growth.


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Work for multiple companies

3 easy steps to obtain the “Talent Pass” license


We’ve made it quick and easy to submit your application online. All you need is:
  • Passport copy
  • Current visa copy (if they have one)
  • Portfolio/educational degree/reference letters
  • Any proof of previous experience in the field
  • Updated CV
  • The service list and fees.
  • For Tech Activities: Education degree should be relevant or Experience letter from an employer or relevant training courses
We’ll review your application and contact you with feedback. Once your application is approved, we’ll proceed to complete the licensing and visa process.


  • Sign off your application
  • You lease a Smart Office in DAFZ as an option.
  • Make your payment


Share your talent with the world
  • You will receive your license, visa, and access to “Hayyak” DAFZ’s exclusive rewards program for employees.
  • • A DENA representative will contact you to enroll you as a service provider.

After these 3 easy steps, you will access our full of possibilities where we will enable you to make it happen and focus on your work.


The DAFZ Enablement Agency “DENA” would work as a business development center aimed at:

There are no limits in DENA service categories, and it keeps on growing! DAFZ companies will be able to access and know more about the service providers through the “HAYAK” app.

HAYAK program, is the first of its kind program across free zones in the emirate of Dubai. The rewards program provides its members with various offers and services from a group of partners and prestigious brands across different sectors. The DAFZ’s community members are exempted from enrollment fees.

The program includes offers from over 50 multinational brands, reputable retail companies, and popular destinations, including Emaar, Emirates Palace, Fitness First, Europcar, Atlantis, Wild Wadi, Hilton Garden Inn, and SJP among others. More offers continuously are being added.
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When starting your business journey, it is critical that you keep control of your set-up costs whether you are a freelancer, a start-up, or a brand-new company. Our Talent Pass License can be an ideal economical solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

A “Talent Pass” License is a license from the Dubai Airport Freezone of Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority, which allows you as an individual to work in your personal capacity from the DAFZ as an individual professional. The “Talent Pass” License will specify the activities the freelancer may carry out in the following categories. As a Talent Pass License holder, you are required to obtain the license and residency visa.

Regarding the Visa, below are two scenarios:

  1. Sponsored (already have an active Residency Visa): they don’t require to transfer their visa, but they need to submit a copy of it.
  2. New Visa applicants: follow DAFZ visa process & cost

If you are sponsored and employed by another company, and you decide to change your visa sponsor/company using your Talent Pass, the company will need to issue a release letter of no objection (NOC) for you to apply for the new visa. If you have already cancelled your visa, then the NOC will not be required, only the visa cancellation page.

The “Talent Pass” is a freelance license from Dubai Airport Freezone of Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority, it can be submitted as a business license. However, the tendor submissions and listing in any procurement portal is subject to the issuing party policies, terms, and conditions. 

Subject to other party policies, terms, and conditions. The Talent Pass license doesn’t restrict you from working with any party, however, it would depend on the other party procuring policies.

You can open a personal bank account, you may approach our customer care team to know who is our affiliate banks.

With more than 2,500 licensed companies and partners, there is a horizon of opportunities for “talent pass” to take part in, like networking, events, and be listed in DAFZ Enablement Agency app for our companies to reach you and enquire about your services. You are invited to join those activities and relate to many potential clients as possible by showcasing your portfolio, talking to contacts, and identifying opportunities, however, we cannot guarantee any positions.

Yes, there is a termination/ cancellation fee.

Yes, you just need to provide a NOC letter from your sponsor and/or employer.

If you are making between AED 187,500 per year and AED 375,000 per year, then you may register for VAT if you choose to. If you make more than AED 375,000 per year, you must register for VAT. For more information, please visit https://government.ae/en/information-and-services/finance-and-investment/taxation/valueaddedtaxvat


If you don’t register, it’s always a good idea to keep good accounts just in case the policy changes in the future.

No. In fact, we do not require you to do an annual audit of your financial accounts as a freelancer.

However, we advise you to keep accurate accounts in case this status changes at a later stage.

No, you can’t hire or sponsor any employees via your freelance permit.

The license is renewable on an annual basis.  

No. The Talent Pass is issued under your name only as per your passport.

No. This is just the cost for the license.

Once your application has been approved, it should take between 10 – 15 working days. 

You can make the payment using credit card or by cheque. Once the payment is issued, it will be sent to your email as an electronic permit.

All fees related to Talent Pass are non-refundable.




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