New DCCA law permits students to work part-time


The latest announcement made by Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA), now allows students in the UAE to work part-time in nine Dubai free zones.

The change in the regulations allow nine companies in Dubai free zone: Dubai Studio City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Design District, Dubai Science Park, d3 and Dubai Internet City to hire 26,000 students enrolled in public and private universities in the UAE.

Managing Director of Dubai International City (DIAC), Mohammed Abdullah, said, “We are excited about this new regulation that will allow our 23 universities to attract the brightest and the best talent from around the world. Several knowledge hubs in North America and Europe already allow students to work while they study and so with this initiative, Dubai further moves towards becoming a global education powerhouse. This regulation will give us a competitive edge in the region

New rule by DCCA

The rule applies to students enrolled in about two dozen universities, which have been licensed by the DCCA. These academic institutions, mostly are located in Dubai Knowledge Park and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). It is applied with the approval and support of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

DCCA is the Arab region’s first government free-zone entity, which has enabled businesses to hire students with part-time work permits.

Working regulations

This new regulation by DCCA allows students in the UAE to gain industry exposure and experience before they start their professional lives on a full-time basis.

Ahmad Bin Byat, Director General of Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) commented in this regard, “The regulation allows students to earn while they learn, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable experience and an enhanced skill set that will make them stand out in the job market post-graduation”.

Students will be able to work across various industries in the UAE, which includes Media, entertainment, ICT, life sciences, outsourcing, design, fashion, human capital development, education, environment and energy.

As students need to give dedicated time to their study, flexible working hours will be provided to them. Any student enrolled in a DCCA approved institution and is above the age of 18 will now be able to work part-time

Businesses gaining talent

“Businesses can gain access to a flexible and educated new stream of talent, without having to sponsor student part-time. Over the longer term, this initiative will boost the business-ready skills of fresh graduates, resolving a common issue that new students don’t have the business acumen that will make them of real value from the very start of their fledgeling careers Mr Byat shared his thoughts.

Mr Abdullah further commented that various knowledge hubs located in Europe and North America let students work while they are still enrolled in an institution, with this initiative, Dubai has also stepped onto the road of becoming a global education powerhouse.  

Around 60% of the private work sector consists of SMEs (Small to middle sized companies), this rule will help them in recruiting talented stream of students for their short-term projects.

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