Airbnb opens hub for remote workers in Dubai

Airbnb today announced the launch of the Dubai Remote Work Hub, a one-stop shop for aspiring remote workers, in partnership with the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET). Anyone wishing to live and work in Dubai can now use the hub to find inspiration for local long-term listings, as well as useful information on entry requirements and visa policies.

Earlier this year, Airbnb launched its Live and Work Anywhere initiative to identify some of the most remote worker-friendly destinations in the world. Dubai was chosen as one of 20 destinations worldwide, along with the Canary Islands, Thailand, the Caribbean and others.

Through Live and Work Anywhere, Airbnb and the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism will promote the city to remote workers looking for accommodation and recommendations for long-term stays.

Millions of people are now more flexible about where they live and work. Approximately one in five visitors worldwide reported using Airbnb for remote work while travelling in 2021 – a trend that continued in the first quarter of 2022, with long-term stays reaching an all-time high, more than doubling from the first quarter of 2019. In the first three months of 2022, searches for international solo travel to the United Arab Emirates for long-term stays also increased by more than 280% compared to the same period in 2019. The Savills Executive Nomad Index 2022 ranked Dubai as one of the top three cities in the world for executive nomads.

Airbnb recently published a guide for governments and travel destinations outlining advice on how communities can benefit economically from the growth of remote workers. Airbnb’s guide, Living and Working Anywhere: How Communities Can Benefit from Remote Workers, is based on data and experience from Airbnb’s partnerships with 20 destinations that harness the potential of remote working, as well as a review of remote worker programmes around the world.

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