Opportunities in the UAE

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MADE IN DUBAI,
THE WORLD'S MOST DYNAMIC CITY

 

DUBAI: THE BUSINESS AND INNOVATION HUB OF THE WORLD

Dubai was the first to kick-start a regional tech movement and remains at the forefront of the tech & startup ecosystem across the fast-evolving Middle East, Africa & Asia.

 

#1 For Doing Business

The UAE ranked 1st in MENA for Ease of Doing Business in World Bank Group’s 2020 survey.

#5 Most Entrepreneurial Country

The UAE ranked first in MENA and fifth worldwide in CEO World’s list of the 100 most entrepreneurial countries for 2021.

#1 For Innovation

Dubai’s ranked top in the Arab World in the 2020 Global Innovation Index.

A HYPER-CONNECTED WEST-EAST MEETING POIN

Dubai’s geographical advantages outnumber many global cities – making it an epicentre of economic activity, and trillions of dollars of trade and investment flowing between Europe, Americas & Asia.

 

2.5 billion

people live within a four-hour flight from Dubai

Busiest Airport in the world

Dubai International Airport welcomed 29.1 million passengers in 2021 alone

9th busiest port globally

Jebel Ali Port is the biggest port in the Middle East and 9th busiest port globally

$7 billion government investment in infrastructure and transport in 2022

One of the world’s highest citywide infrastructure investments inviting international businesses to set up base in Dubai.

SERVE THE WORLD’S LARGEST ECONOMIES, FROM DUBA

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DUBAI’S TOP 5 TRADING PARTNERS

USA

Switzerland

Saudi Arabia

US$ 8.7 billion US$ 6.75 billion US$ 8.3 billion

India

China

US$ 18.27 billion US$ 23.6 billion

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ATTRACTING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT

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FDI surged 36% in 2021 to reach $4.3 billion

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Technology sector received 56.8% of FDI

 

TOP INVESTING COUNTRIES

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UK
France
USA
Saudi Arabia
India

A SUPERCITY OF TOMORROW

US$12.8 TRILLION GDP

Dubai’s projected combined GDP by 2030.

HYPERLOOP ONE

World’s fastest transit system to move freight being developed

75 KEY INITIATIVES

Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 seeks to firmly establish the city as a knowledge-based, sustainable and innovation-centric hub.

 

3D

The world’s first 3D printed building in DIFC in Dubai.

25% autonomous transport

Dubai Autonomous Transport Strategy aims to transition 25% f the city’s network to autonomous modes by 2030.

US$ 125 million Fintech investment

This is the expected annual investment growth by 2022 in the fintech sector alone.

WORLD’S #1 RANKED DESTINATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS

UAE ranked #1

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in Global Entrepreneurship Index 2022 – outperforming major global economies like the USA, UK, Japan, South Korea & many EU nations¹ federal corporate income tax & personal income tax foreign exchange control regulations
     

10 Year

100%

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Golden Visa for entrepreneurs foreign ownership social security levies for foreign employees
     

A DYNAMIC MARKETPLACE, BUILT FOR THE FUTURE-MAKERS

A GLOBAL BENCHMARK MAKER

PAPERLESS
GOVERNMENT

The world’s first paperless government with 1800+ digital services

 

#1 IN ARAB WORLD
in Global Innovation Index

#1 IN THE ME & #4 GLOBALLY

to launch 5G network and 6G project

UAE TECH MARKET SIZE & INVESTMENTS

$8.2 BILLION
IT spending in UAE by 2023

UP TO US$1 BILLION
investments in UAE Cloud Data Centers by 2026

AED 353 BILLION

AI’s contribution to UAE’s GDP by 2030

START IN UAE, GROW GLOBALLY

With a well-developed startup ecosystem, UAE dominates as the trusted tech hub for startup growth, regionally and globally.

LEADING THE MENA REGION IN
FUNDING & INVESTMENT

22 OUT OF 50

of MENA’s topmost funded startups are in UAE

60% STARTUP FUNDING

in MENA gone to UAE startups in 2021
with $1.8 billion raised

90 INVESTMENT FUNDS

& 12 top-ranked business incubators in UAE

UAE STARTUPS HAVE DRAWN INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION

15% investment from
USA & 13% from JAPAN
 

41 UAE SCALEUPS
expanded beyond
the MENA region

20 UAE SCALEUPS
acquired by
international corporates

 

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PUT YOUR STARTUP ON THE MAP

North Star is your gateway to the world of opportunities in Dubai, the Middle East and beyond!

Get in touch with our team today to find out how to be part of North Star in October this year. 

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