Who We Are

Invest U.A.E. is a partnership between the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council and the U.A.E. Embassy Trade & Commercial Office with the goal of highlighting investment opportunities in the U.A.E.

U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council

Soon after its creation less than 10 years ago, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council became the premier business organization dedicated to advancing bilateral commercial relations between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Launched in May 2007 and inaugurated by His Highness Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Business Council membership has grown to over 150 American and Emirati companies and key stakeholders from across a range of sectors, with each realizing significant opportunity by better aligning with the U.A.E.’s long-term diversification strategies.

The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council works with its members to organize first-class programming, including high-level trade missions, road shows, and must-attend events across the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates. The Business Council also leverages its extensive networks to provide unparalleled access to senior decision makers in business and government with the aim of expanding relationships, identifying “win-win” partnerships, and assisting with growing market share and solving problems. In addition, the Business Council keeps its members abreast of the latest developments in the bilateral relationship and provides a voice for the business communities of both countries to speak out about critical policy priorities and espouse the importance of the U.S.-U.A.E. trade and commercial relationship more broadly.

In providing a detailed overview of the U.A.E.’s startup ecosystem, this report is meant to serve as a resource for entrepreneurs and startups looking to establish themselves in the U.A.E. It is also intended to highlight the many opportunities the U.A.E.’s burgeoning startup scene provides for U.S. investors. As always, the Business Council stands ready to assist companies as they navigate their entry into the U.A.E.

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U.A.E. Embassy Trade & Commercial Office

The mission of the U.A.E. Embassy Trade & Commercial Office in the United States is to strengthen the trade and commercial relationship between the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and the United States (U.S.).

Our nations’ complementary resources fuel increased economic partnership, expanded security cooperation, and innovative cross-cultural investment. Since its inception, the Trade Office has conducted and participated in a number of activities that highlight the vitality of this relationship and that help expand the scope of this vitality into new industries. The objectives of the Trade Office include U.S. Government commercial and political outreach, U.S. and U.A.E. private sector assistance, U.S.-U.A.E. inbound and outbound investment promotion, U.S. and U.A.E. delegation assistance, awareness events and community outreach, and promotion and support of U.S. and U.A.E. educational ties.

The Trade & Commercial Office also supports the U.A.E. in benchmarking best practices from the U.S. Innovation and Entrepreneurship and contribution to the development of an ecosystem in that regard within the U.A.E. is something the Trade Office is always looking to support the U.A.E. government with. This is accomplished through building bridges with Venture Capital firms, Educational Institutions, and U.S. based incubators and accelerators. This is a key priority to the U.A.E. Embassy Trade Office and we hope this report helps with these efforts.

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