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Most Popular Platforms Amongst The Freelancers In The UAE: Nabeesh Vs. Bawabba Vs. Xpertin

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Most of us don’t consider the UAE as a sanctuary for freelancers. The oil industry and massive business brands could be masking the myriad opportunities available in the gig economy. The Middle East is witnessing an incredible revolution pointing to a burgeoning global freelance economy. Rich in natural resources, the region continues to cement its spot as an international business hub. The haven to regional offices for multinational corporations now inspires the next evolution, convenient to entrepreneurs and freelancers in the UAE

Which are the top freelancing websites in UAE?

Here are the Top 9 Freelancing Websites in the UAE

  • Aefreelance
  • Bawabba
  • Freelanceruae
  • Gofreelance
  • Maslaha
  • Nabeesh
  • Trulancer
  • Utalenta
  • Xpertin

 

Various platforms are coming up to help connect the growing pool of freelancers with clients. Although expats still need the necessary licenses to freelance in the UAE, there is no doubt that the environment is more conducive than it once was. The local platforms may not lend the same scale of openings as the likes of Elance and Upwork. However, they could mean that you do not have to deal with the complications of foreign currencies. A concise, unbiased comparative study of the most popular platforms in the UAE would be useful to expats and homegrown professionals who want to go freelance, or hire freelancers.

Nabeesh Vs. Bawabba Vs. Xpertin

We will compare the number of freelancers on each of the platforms for different categories, including: 

  • Health and Well-being
  • Cleaning, Maintenance, and Moving
  • Accounting and Legal
  • Programming
  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Fashion Designer
  • Art and Craft
  • Writers and Translators
  • Video and Photography
  • Hobby and Academic Classes, 
  • Sports Coaching, 
  • Consultants, 
  • Marketing, 
  • Entertainment and Events, 
  • Music and Audio

Health and Well-Being

Freelance Category: 
Health and Well-Being

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Acupressurist

0

1

0

Acupuncturist

0

1

0

Aerobics

0

11

5

Chiropractor

0

1

0

Counselor

0

10

0

Life Coach

0

16

0

Massage Therapist

0

4

2

Nutrition Consultant

0

18

1

Personal Trainer

0

27

4

Physiotherapist

0

4

0

Pilates

0

2

0

Yoga and Meditation

0

13

1

Zumba

0

6

0

Quick Summary: Bawabba is the most popular platform for health and well-being freelancers, while Nabeesh is least popular. 

Cleaning, Maintenance, and Moving

Freelance Category: 

Cleaning

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Car Washing

0

6

0

Carpet Cleaning

0

9

0

House Cleaning

0

21

0

Laundry and Ironing

0

9

0

Office Cleaning

0

17

0

Sewage Cleaning

0

5

0

Upholstery Cleaning

0

5

0

Quick Summary: Bawabba is the most popular platform for cleaning freelancers, while both Nabeesh and Xpertin have no freelance experts in this category. 

Maintenance

Freelance Category: 

Maintenance

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Air Conditioning Maintenance

0

18

0

Appliance Installation

0

7

0

Appliance Repair

0

6

0

Auto Mechanic

0

0

0

Carpenter

0

8

0

Carpet Repair and Laying

0

1

0

Electrician

0

19

0

Flooring

0

4

0

Furniture Installation

0

5

0

Furniture Repair

0

3

0

Landscaping & Gardening

0

4

0

Pest Control

0

3

0

Plumber

0

13

0

Technician

0

13

0

Wall Painting

0

13

0

Quick Summary: Nabeesh and Xpertin have no maintenance freelancers in the United Arab Emirates with Bawabba leading in the category. 

Moving: 

Freelance Category: 

Moving

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Custom Clearance

0

0

0

Movers and Packers

0

8

11

Quick Summary: Both Xpertin and Bawabba have movers and packers, with none of the platforms having custom clearance freelancers.

Fashion Designer:

Freelance Category: 

Fashion Designer

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Fashion Designers

6

18

9

Jewelry Designer

0

4

0

Tailoring

0

7

0

Quick Summary: Bawabba is leading in the freelance fashion design category while Nabeesh and Xpertin being at par, each with a few fashion designers. 

Arts and Crafts:

Freelance Category: 

Arts and Crafts

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Acrylic Painting

13

27

22

Art and Craft Classes

0

33

0

Calligraphy

15

9

5

Canvas Painting

0

21

0

Caricature and Cartoonist

0

9

3

Glass Painting

0

8

0

Mural Painting

0

10

1

Oil Painting

0

12

5

Sketching

14

12

11

Watercolor Painting

0

16

2

Quick Summary: Most arts and crafts freelancers prefer Bawabba, as a few others subscribe to Nabeesh and Xpertin. 

Writers and Translators: 

Freelance Category: 

Writers and Translators

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Academic Writer

15

82

83

Article Writer

15

175

68

Blogger

0

129

27

Content Writer

15

193

95

Copywriter

15

129

76

Editor

15

128

8

Journalist

0

48

2

Legal Writing

15

10

0

Medical Translation

0

21

5

Press Releases

15

53

5

Proposal Writer

15

28

5

Report Writer

15

56

13

Resume Writer

15

48

8

Screen Writer

15

22

1

Speech Writer

15

49

2

Translator

15

91

40

Quick Summary: Although all the three platforms have writers and translators, Bawabba, by far, leads the other two in terms of popularity. 

Hobby and Academic Classes

Freelance Category: 

Hobby and Academic Classes

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Academic Classes

0

Accountancy Classes

0

11

0

Computer Science Classes

0

12

0

GMAT Classes

0

2

0

GRE Classes

0

1

0

IELTS Classes

0

13

0

Islamic Studies

0

5

0

Mathematics Classes

0

33

0

SAT Classes

0

3

0

Science Classes

0

15

0

Social Studies Classes

0

5

0

TOEFL Classes

0

8

0

Hobby Classes:

Acting Classes

0

1

0

Art and Craft Classes

0

33

0

Baking Classes

0

0

0

Calligraphy Classes

0

1

0

Cooking Classes

0

5

0

Dancing Classes

0

3

0

Debate Classes

0

0

0

Elocution Classes

0

0

0

Graphology Classes

0

0

0

Makeup Classes

1

21

0

Music Instrument Classes

0

13

0

Painting Classes

0

2

0

Photography Classes

0

0

0

Pottery Classes

0

0

0

Singing Classes

0

4

0

Sketching Classes

0

3

0

Language:

Arabic Classes

0

7

21

English Classes

0

43

5

French Classes

0

6

0

German Classes

0

0

0

Hindi Classes

0

11

0

Japanese Classes

0

1

0

Sign Language Classes

0

0

0

Spanish Classes

0

0

0

Quick Summary: Only Bawabba offers hobby and academic class freelance experts, although some of its sub-categories, including pottery, baking, sign language, photography, and Spanish classes, have no subscribers. 

Sports Coaching: 

Freelance Category: 

Sports Coaching

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Aerobics

0

11

0

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

Kickboxing

0

2

0

Martial Arts Classes

0

4

0

Pilates

0

2

0

Scuba Diving Classes

0

0

0

Surfing Classes

0

0

0

Swimming Classes

0

1

0

Tennis Classes

0

0

0

Yoga and Meditation

0

13

1

Zumba

0

6

0

Quick Summary: The United Arab Emirates seems to have very few people taking up sports. The statistics show only Bawabba offering freelance coaching services in a few of its sub-categories. 

Consultants: 

Freelance Category: 

Consultants

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Analytics Consultant

0

21

31

Brand Consultant

0

24

8

Business Consultant

0

88

26

Corporate Trainer

0

36

8

Financial Consultant

0

31

24

HR Consultant

0

52

14

IT Consultant

0

57

5

Management Consultant

0

88

55

Market Research

0

45

21

Marketing Consultant

0

122

14

Project Consultant

0

78

45

Recruitment Consultant

0

44

15

Sales Consultant

0

47

10

Quick Summary: If you are looking to provide freelance consultancy services in the UAE, check with Bawabba and Xpertin. Nabeesh has no consultants in all sub-categories as the date of this comparison study. 

Marketing, Advertising, and PR Services: 

Freelance Category: 

Marketing, Advertising, and PR Services

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Advertising

15

Eight

44

Content Marketing

15

129

44

Corporate Gifts

0

15

8

Digital Marketing

15

114

180

Email Marketing

15

108

40

Forum Posting

6

17

0

Influencer Marketing

15

62

0

Marketing Consultant

0

122

14

Printing

15

20

9

Public Relations

16

65

6

Salesman

0

49

10

Search Engine Marketing

16

75

21

Search Engine Optimization

0

84

95

Social Media Marketing

15

170

162

Telemarketing

16

36

5

Quick Summary: Bawabba is the most popular platform for Marketing, Advertising, and PR freelance services based on these statistics. 

Video and Photography: 

Freelance Category: 

Video and Photography

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Photography

Banner Design

15

206

33

Flyers and Posters

15

279

33

Infographics

16

93

16

Invitation Designer

15

86

1

Packaging Designer

15

101

12

Photo Editing

15

253

40

Photographer

16

221

106

Video

360 Degree Video

16

25

92

Animation

15

28

13

Camera Operator

0

62

0

Cinematographer

0

68

13

Director of Photography

0

39

0

Drone Operator

0

17

0

Film Direction

0

53

6

Motion Graphics

15

63

17

Video Colorist

0

34

0

Video Post Editing

0

160

22

Videographer

16

144

53

Virtual Reality

0

7

0

Whiteboard & Explainers

0

16

0

Quick Summary: Video and Photography is a prime field for freelancers in the United Arab Emirates, with Bawabba taking the lead with the most number of professionals in all the 20 sub-categories. 

Digital Designers

Freelance Category: 

Digital Designers

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

3D Design & Modeling

16

56

135

Banner Designer

16

206

0

Digital Artist

16

71

1

Exhibition Designer

0

17

0

Flyer & Posters

16

279

35

Graphic Designer

16

296

234

Icon Designer

16

54

6

Illustrator

16

141

5

Infographics

16

93

16

Invitation Designer

15

86

1

Logo Designer

15

229

100

Magazine Designer

16

60

3

Motion Graphics

16

63

17

Packaging Designer

16

101

12

Photo Editing

16

253

39

Photographer

16

221

240

Presentation Designer

16

61

16

Typography

16

29

1

User Experience Designer

16

46

8

User Interface Designer

16

49

10

Vehicle Signage

0

14

0

Video Post Editing

15

160

21

Videographer

15

144

52

Whiteboard & Explainers

0

16

2

Quick Summary: Skills in digital design can be rewarding in the UAE, especially on Bawabba, which has the majority of freelance experts. 

Beauty and Skincare

Freelance Category: 

Beauty and Skincare

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Face and Body Artist

0

8

0

Hair Color Specialist

0

7

0

Hairstylist for Men

0

6

0

Hairstylist for Women

0

17

0

Henna Artist

0

4

0

Makeup Artist

1

35

0

Makeup Classes

1

21

0

Nail Care

0

3

0

Tattooist

0

1

0

Quick Summary: You will find a few beauty and skincare freelance gigs by subscribing to Bawabba’s platform. 

Child and Pet Care

Freelance Category: 

Child and Pet Care

Number of Freelancers per Platform

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

Quick Summary: There are few child and pet care opportunities in the UAE, with freelancers only available on Bawabba’s site. 

Entertainment and Event

Freelance Category: 

Marketing, Advertising, and PR Services

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Entertainment:

Choreographer

3

3

0

Dance Performer

14

10

0

DJ

10

26

1

Entertainer

14

17

0

Lighting Entertainment

15

12

0

Magician

0

4

0

Puppet Show

0

3

0

Singer

0

20

0

Sound System Provider

0

21

0

Standup Comedy

9

0

0

Events:

Anchor

0

10

0

Bartender

0

5

0

Bouncer

0

5

0

Caterer

0

4

0

Event Manager

16

81

23

Event Planner

15

76

11

Florist

0

8

0

Hostess

16

25

0

Model

15

20

8

Photo Booth

0

10

0

Photographer

13

221

240

Promoter

16

43

0

Prop Maker

0

6

0

Videographer

13

144

52

Waiter Service

0

8

0

Wedding Planner

0

35

0

Quick Summary: Entertainment and Events is a flourishing field in the UAE, with evidence being on the high numbers of freelancers subscribing to all the 26 sub-categories. 

Music and Audio: 

Freelance Category: 

Music and Audio

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Audio Mastering

11

19

1

DJ

9

17

1

Film Scoring

13

13

11

Jingles

0

8

0

Music Composer

0

23

6

Music Instrument Classes

0

16

6

Musician (Instruments)

0

19

6

Singer

0

20

3

Singing Classes

0

5

3

Song Writer

11

9

0

Sound System Provider

0

21

0

Voice Over Artist

7

23

2

Quick Summary: The statistics show Bawabba as the most popular freelancing platform for music and audio gigs, with a handful of freelancers on the other two platforms. 

Accounting and Legal

Freelance Category: 

Accounting and Legal

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Accounting:

Accountant

11

247

137

Auditor

14

243

42

Budget Analyst

15

236

39

Tax Specialist

13

245

10

Legal:

Company Formation

0

77

12

Contract Lawyer

12

17

0

Debt Collector

0

27

0

Legal Translator

0

10

0

Quick Summary: Bawabba is the most popular platform for accounting and legal jobs amongst freelancers in Dubai. 

Programming: 

Freelance Category: 

Programming

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

A/B Testing Analyst

0

22

0

Testing / QA

7

52

0

Web Developer

0

195

6

Machine Learning

6

18

2

Natural Language Processing

8

8

0

Socket Programming

3

11

1

Test Automation

3

24

0

Mobile App Testing

9

53

2

IOS Developer

9

60

10

Game Development

10

8

1

Full-Stack Developer

0

252

0

ERP

10

58

0

Data Visualization

12

20

3

Blockchain Engineering

0

11

3

Data Entry

6

75

168

Android Developer

8

82

29

Data Mining

9

27

0

Data Management

0

38

1

Data Scientist

12

30

0

Database Design

11

78

1

Decision Scientist

0

5

0

Quick Summary: Your chances for a successful programming freelance career are higher on Bawabba, which seems to be the most popular amongst platforms to hire a freelancer in Dubai. 

Architecture and Engineering

Freelance Category: 

Architecture and Engineering

Number of Freelancers per Platform

Nabeesh

Bawabba

Xpertin

Architecture:

Architect

10

141

39

Building Designer

9

130

0

Draftsman

12

182

0

Interior Designer

13

202

0

Landscape Designer

10

91

4

MEP Designer

0

64

0

Surveyor

12

26

2

Engineering:

Civil Engineer

7

82

7

Electrical Engineer

9

40

5

Engineering Drawing

7

119

0

Industrial Engineer

9

14

1

Mechanical Engineer

10

49

3

Product Designer

8

29

0

Robotics

7

6

0

Structural Engineer

10

37

0

System Engineer

0

32

0

Quick Summary: Architecture and engineering freelancers are subscribing in fewer numbers to Xpertin and Nabeesh compared to the Bawabba platform. 

Conclusion

There are plenty of opportunities in the United Arab Emirates for the gig economy. If you wish to join the industry, Bawabba, Nabeesh, and Xpertin are your best bet for showcasing your talent to prospective clients. However, going by these findings, Bawabba is the most popular platform among freelancers in the UAE, followed by Xpertin and Nabeesh coming third.

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