For Startups

As the emerging entrepreneurial capital of the MENA region, the U.A.E. has given rise to a large number of indigenous startups and attracted numerous regional and global startups seeking to scale their operations.

Why are startups choosing the U.A.E.?

Business-Friendly Environment

#1 in the region in the “Ease of Doing Business” rankings

0 income tax for most companies onshore

Wide array of free zones allowing for full foreign ownership

Strong Startup Support

Government backing of SMEs, entrepreneurship, and innovation

Numerous co-working spaces, incubators, and accelerators

Countless training programs, events, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs

Robust & Diverse Funding Sources

2 of the top 3 financial centers in the region (Abu Dhabi and Dubai)

Magnet for regional venture capital, angel investment, and private equity funding

New bankruptcy law that encourages banks to lend to SMEs

Ideal Regional Business Headquarters

Strategic location

World-class transportation infrastructure and leading global airlines

#1 in the 2016 Social Progress Index ranking for security