Become a Professional Translator / Interpreter in the UAE

The language services industry is evolving in the UAE because of the extent of expats that reside in the country, which means that the potential for employment in this field is immense. And today the number of professional translators / interpreters is small compared to the market demand for their services which are needed in virtually all subject areas. Therefore, if you speak another language fluently other than your mother tongue (like Arabic as a first language and English as a second language) then you might be able to bank on the rise in the hiring activities of translators and interpreters who meet the following requirements:

  • Must be fluent (reading and writing) in the target language. Candidates might be asked to pass language proficiency tests and show a mastery of vocabulary and grammar or provide proof of legal certification.
  • Have years of experience interpreting in-person or via electronic means (phone/video).
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in a particular language.

Note: This is a career that suits well freelance contractors. Wages tend to depend on the language, specialty, skill, experience, education, and certification of the interpreter or translator.

So, who is hiring?

Langpros Dubai, for example, is always interested in hearing from experienced and highly qualified professional translators and interpreters. Therefore, if you are interested in working with them as a freelancer please send your CV at

Day Translations, Inc. located at Jebel Ali Free Zone provides professional translation and interpretation services 24/7 anywhere in the UAE and is currently hiring highly experienced and professional translators (Communication Freelancers) in all languages who can undergo tasks that will include, but are not limited to, business interpretation and translations of corporate documents, among the many varied assignments they manage.

How about starting a Language Interpreting and Translating Business instead?

Perhaps you have decided to specialize in one field of translation, so why not set up your own business translating material and make the move from being a freelance translator to establishing your very own translation company. As a translation agency owner, you can market for translators and interpreters who can be assigned projects to render an accurate and meaningful interpretation or translation of the original client’s message.

Being based in the UAE, the costs of opening a translation business might be affordable, especially in a UAE Free Zone.

People living inside the UAE and ready to start their translation agency, should think of the following to make sure the business is legally compliant:

  • First, prepare a detailed business plan of the proposed new company or on the business activity.
  • Next, establish a branch or representative office of an existing or parent company based within the UAE in a Free Zone, if you want 100 per cent ownership of your business.
  • Submit the essential documentation and seek approvals to have your business registered legally.
  • Get local assistance to set up your activity with a premise suitable to your business requirement. For Dubai, this can be seen on the DED official website here.

Having a local contact can help take the business forward effectively. You can contact us for more information to get acquainted with the various facts associated to company startup in Dubai.

The UAE Predicts Strong Job Growth for Translators and Interpreters, as this is a country that has an almost unlimited number of potential international clients and customers needing language experts to translate foreign documents (contracts, transcripts, and so on) or interpret at meetings. So, if you are planning to enter the field as a contractor or as an entrepreneur with a Translating and Interpreting Service in a Free Zone, then this might be the right time.

Become a Professional Translator / Interpreter in the UAE

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