Over the past few years, the UAE has witnessed incredible change. Looking beyond the natural resources at its disposal, it has become an international business hub, home to regional offices for some of the world’s biggest companies. Inspired in part by those companies, the economy is undergoing the next step in its evolution, opening up to entrepreneurs and freelancers.
While expats still have to get all the necessary permits if they want to go freelance, there’s no doubt that things are easier than they once were.
Small wonder then that several platforms have been created with the aim of connecting the rising pool of freelancers with clients.
While these local platforms don’t offer quite the same breadth of opportunity as the likes of Upwork and Elance, they do mean that you probably won’t have to deal with any forex complications.
Here are a few of the ones UAE freelancers should spend some time on:
Dubai-based Nabbesh is a platform that allows companies to post jobs and projects at no cost. From there, it connects them with freelancers, who’ll provide quotes in under 24 hours. The companies are able to view each prospective freelancer’s profile and the reviews they’ve received from other clients.
It also provides a private workspace where companies can chat with the freelancers they choose to use, send and receive private files, get project updates, and make payments as milestones are delivered.
Freelancers meanwhile are matched with and notified about jobs they might be a good fit for. According to Nabbesh, each job only has about five freelancers quoting for it, making it much easier to post a winning quote.
Also based in Dubai, Utalenta aims to go beyond just freelancers and connect companies with part-timers and contract workers who can help them achieve serious growth.
The platform labels itself as “the first of its kind in the Middle East” and acts as a bridge between freelancers and clients.
People with skills in digital graphics, video production, animation, writing, translation, software, web development, online marketing, and advertising will find a wide range of opportunities available on the platform.
Recent graduates also have a place and can use Utalenta to build up experience in a virtual office.
Yes, Dubizzle is an online classifieds site and not a dedicated freelancing platform. But like many online classifieds around the globe, it has a thriving community of freelancers.
The nature of Dubizzle does mean that freelancers and clients both have to put in more effort when it comes to seeking each other out.
That said, once they’ve found each other, they have more freedom when it comes to how they choose to conduct business with each other.
Laimoon might not allow freelancers to post their skills and portfolios, but the jobs site is still a useful platform for them to spend time on.
As well as the fact that a large number of opportunities are posted on the site, Laimoon also curates courses from the likes of Udemy that can help you navigate the early stages of your freelance career.
Are you a freelancer in the UAE? What platforms have you found invaluable? Let us know in the comments section below.