The 10 Least Popular Freelancing Services In The UAE According to Statistics

The UAE’s freelancing market provides different challenges that are not present in mature markets like the UK and the US. Freelancing is still a novel concept in the Emirates, with most gig workers doing it informally. The trend explains why some freelancing services seem unwanted in the region. While every freelancer in the UAE gets to choose contracts by their relevant skills, some applicable skill sets have few participating independent contractors in the United Arab Emirates.

To establish the most unwanted freelancing services in the UAE, we looked into data from one of the most recent surveys to determine the most popular platforms amongst freelancers in the UAE. The study by Bawabba, one of UAE’s leading freelancing platforms, compares the number of gig workers on three of the most popular websites under various categories. Some categories, such as health and well-being, are unpopular among freelancers. Acupressurist and acupuncturist, for example, had one freelancer each, on Bawabba, with the other platforms having no expert on record. 

The 10 Unpopular Freelancing Services In The UAE

The Bawabba team shares some information concerning the popularity of freelance services in the UAE. The list of the ten most unwanted freelancing services corresponds to the hardly sought after freelance skills by talent-seekers. From a demand perspective, the least popular freelance skills in the region by category include; 

  1. Health and Well-being
  2. Maintenance
  3. Moving
  4. Academic Classes
  5. Hobby Classes
  6. Language Classes
  7. Sports Coaching
  8. Beauty and Skincare
  9. Child and Pet Care
  10. Programming: Natural Language Processing and Decision Scientist

According to a comparison study report featuring Nabeesh, Bawabba, and Xpertin, the most popular freelancing platforms in the UAE, below are the findings for each of the above categories. 

1. Health and Well-being 

The health and well-being category has some of the most unwanted freelancing services in the UAE. Under the class, the least popular health and well-being services are as shown in the table below.

Category:  Health and Well-Being

Registered Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Acupressurist

0

1

0

Acupuncturist

0

1

0

Chiropractor

0

1

0

Physiotherapist

0

4

0

Pilates

0

2

0

According to these findings, chiropractors, acupressurists, and acupuncturists are the least sought after professionals. Each category has only one gig worker across the three platforms. 

2. Maintenance 

The UAE has very few freelancers offering services in the maintenance category, as highlighted in the table below. 

Category:  Maintenance

Available Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Auto Mechanic

0

0

0

Carpet Repair and Laying

0

1

0

Furniture Repair

0

3

0

Pest Control

0

3

0

None of the three platforms has a freelance auto mechanic. Carpet repair and laying, pest control, and furniture repair have one, three, and three freelancers, respectively. 

3. Moving 

The moving freelance category features among the least sought after services in the UAE, with no freelancer providing custom and clearance services. 

Category:  Moving

Available Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Custom Clearance

0

0

0

4. Academic Classes

Talent seekers in the UAE are least interested in freelance educational classes by the number of available freelancers on the three most popular platforms. 

Category:  Academic Classes

Available Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Academic Classes

GMAT Classes

0

2

0

GRE Classes

0

1

0

SAT Classes

0

3

0

Social Studies Classes

0

5

0

According to the above statistics, GRE classes are most unwanted, followed by GMAT, SAT, and Social Studies classes. 

5. Hobby Classes

Hobby classes may not be the most rewarding skills for freelancers in the UAE, especially for skill sets featured in the table below. 

Category:  Hobby Classes

Available Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Hobby Classes:

Acting Classes

0

1

0

Baking Classes

0

0

0

Calligraphy Classes

0

1

0

Debate Classes

0

0

0

Elocution Classes

0

0

0

Graphology Classes

0

0

0

Painting Classes

0

2

0

Photography Classes

0

0

0

Pottery Classes

0

0

0

6. Language Classes

If you are planning to provide language classes as a freelancer in the UAE, you may have to seek opportunities in other markets since talent-seekers are hardly looking for the services. 

Category:  Language Classes

Available Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Language:

German Classes

0

0

0

Japanese Classes

0

1

0

Sign Language Classes

0

0

0

Spanish Classes

0

0

0

Apart from Japanese classes with one freelancer, the other classes have no professionals offering those services. 

7. Sports Coaching 

Sports coaching on freelance capacity may be a worthwhile venture in other markets, save for the UAE. 

Category:  Sports Coaching

Available Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Badminton Classes

0

0

0

Basketball Classes

0

0

0

Chess Classes

0

0

0

Cricket Classes

0

1

0

Football Classes

0

1

0

Golf Classes

0

0

0

Gymnastics Classes

0

1

0

Scuba Diving Classes

0

0

0

Surfing Classes

0

0

0

Swimming Classes

0

1

0

Tennis Classes

0

0

0

Most of the sports coaching sub-categories have zero to one freelancer across the three popular platforms. Based on the findings, sports coaching is one of the most unwanted freelancing services in the Emirate. 

8. Beauty and Skincare 

Very few talent-seekers trust freelancers to provide beauty and skincare services.  

Category:  Beauty and Skincare

Available Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Face and Body Artist

0

8

0

Hairstylist for Men

0

6

0

Henna Artist

0

4

0

Nail Care

0

3

0

Tattooist

0

1

0

Both Xpertin and Nabeesh have no service providers in the category. Only Bawabba has a handful of freelancers offering services for beauty and skincare talent seekers. 

9. Child and Pet Care 

Taking care of infants and pets may not be a popular freelance service in the UAE. 

Category:  Child and Pet Care

Available Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Babysitter

0

4

0

Child Day Care

0

2

0

Nanny

0

3

0

Animal Behaviourist

0

1

0

Animal Trainer

0

1

0

Aquarist / Aquascaping

0

1

0

Pet Groomer

0

0

0

Pet Sitter

0

4

0

Veterinarian

0

1

0

According to the findings above, grooming pets, babysitting, and training animals among other child and pet care freelance services have very few clients in the UAE. 

10. Programming: Natural Language Processing and Decision Scientist 

Programming is one of the most rewarding professions in the market. 

Category:  Programming

Available Freelancers per Website

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Natural Language Processing

8

8

0

Decision Scientist

0

5

0

However, you may want to reconsider offering natural language processing or decision science services as a freelancer in the UAE. The two programming sub-categories are not popular among those seeking freelancing services in the Emirate. 

The Wrap Up

Freelancing means various things to different groups of people due to its nature. The gig economy has burgeoned substantially over the last couple of years in the Emirate. Freelancing allows those looking for work to match with those having tasks for completion. If you want to be a successful freelancer in the UAE, it means having more skillsets beyond the most unwanted freelancing services in the region.

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