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A global hub for start-ups and entrepreneurs

Tue, June 16, 2020

A city built for the next generation of tech, Dubai’s Free Zone incentives, strategic innovation policy and prosperity continue to inspire entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level.

A city built for the next generation of tech, Dubai’s Free Zone incentives, strategic innovation policy and prosperity continue to inspire entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level.

Finance

60%

Start-up finding

The city has the lion’s share of start-up funding. Dubai accounted for over 60% of funding across the MENA region’s record-breaking 564 deals worth over US$700 million in investment in 2019.

Finance

Home to MENA investors

Dubai is home to one-third of all Middle East and North Africa (MENA) investors.

Revenue

19

Home to venture capital

Dubai is also home to 19 venture capitalists, the highest in the region.

Startups and Incubators in Dubai

Fuelling exponential realities for today’s entrepreneurial visionaries, Dubai is a magnet for the world’s brightest and most curious.

Overview
01
The start-up capital in the MENA region
As the number one emerging destination for start-ups and leading the region in terms of innovation, Dubai is perfectly positioned at the crossroads of existing and emerging trade routes.
02
A people-focused haven for entrepreneurs
Dubai offers a host of facilities, programmes and support to ensure the emirate’s place at the top of the MENA region’s start-up scene.
03
Dubai government initiatives for start-ups
Dubai seeks to future-proof its economy through the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), which unites government and private sector entities to enable start-ups to grow.
04
A haven for tech investors
Dubai’s start-up hub offers incredible tech opportunities for investors and venture capitalists. Home to some of the world’s largest banks, Dubai is also the leading financial hub of the MEASA region.
05
A magnet for global talent
Dubai has earned a reputation for attracting world-class talent, bringing some of the brightest minds from around the world to the city.

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