9 Legal Ways to Earn a Side Income in the UAE: Comprehensive Guide [2024]

Last Updated on July 9, 2024 by Vadim

Looking to supplement your salary in the UAE? Discover nine legitimate methods to boost your income while staying compliant with local regulations.

1. Private Tutoring

Recent changes have made it easier to offer private tuition services:

  • New ‘Private Teacher Work Permit’ introduced by MOHRE and Ministry of Education
  • Available to students, private sector employees, and unemployed individuals
  • Apply through MOHRE for official authorization

2. Short-Term Apartment Rentals

Turn your home into a holiday rental when you’re away:

  • Register as a ‘holiday home’ in Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah
  • Dubai requirements:
  • Ras Al Khaimah requirements:
  • Use platforms like Airbnb to list and manage bookings

3. Apartment Subletting

Sublet your apartment in Dubai following these rules:

  • Obtain landlord approval (Article 18, Dubai Tenancy Law)
  • Don’t make property changes without permission (Article 21)
  • Ensure all agreements are documented in the official lease contract

4. Flea Market Sales

Sell preloved items at local markets:

  • Popular in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and other emirates
  • Sell household items, appliances, furniture, books, clothes, etc.
  • Book a stall at organized events
  • Consider consignment shops for designer items

5. Freelancing

Utilize your skills in your spare time:

  • Freelance permits start from Dh530 per year
  • In-demand skills: content writing, data entry, graphic design, translation, video editing
  • Apply through your emirate’s economic department or a suitable free zone
  • Search for flexible job opportunities on freelancing platforms

6. Part-Time Employment

Take on additional work with official approval:

  • Apply for a part-time work permit through MOHRE
  • No NOC required from primary employer
  • Maximum 20 hours per week for secondary job
  • Search job portals for part-time opportunities

7. Student Employment

For young workers aged 15 and above:

  • Apply for a juvenile work permit from MOHRE
  • Gain valuable work experience while earning
  • Adhere to specific regulations for minor workers

8. Tour Guide Services

Share your local knowledge professionally:

  • Apply for a tour guide license from Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET)
  • Receive professional training
  • Ideal for those who enjoy showcasing the city

9. Savings Investment Scheme

Earn a ‘second salary’ through strategic saving:

  • New UAE savings program
  • Save minimum Dh1,000 monthly for 3-10 years
  • Receive monthly payments after savings period
  • Example: Save Dh5,000/month for 10 years, receive Dh7,500/month for next 10 years

Important Considerations

  • Always ensure you have the necessary permits and licenses
  • Research and comply with specific regulations for each income stream
  • Keep accurate records for tax and legal purposes
  • Consider the time commitment required for each option

By exploring these legitimate side income opportunities, UAE residents can boost their earnings while remaining compliant with local laws. Remember to thoroughly research any option you’re considering and seek professional advice when necessary.

Further Reading

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