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Dubai startup ecosystem

In the heart of the UAE, Dubai's startup scene sparkles just as brightly as its renowned skyline. An amalgam of ambitious entrepreneurs, global investors, and a thriving tech scene, it's the hub where East meets West in the spirit of innovation.

Mentors in Dubai

Tech enthusiast with a decade of experience and an exceptional track record. I’ve led cross-functional global teams in Marketing and Sales at companies small and large. Known as an adaptable problem solver with a passion for growth, positioning and customer experience.

Marc Meyer
Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

I have 10 years of experience in Growth Marketing, Product Personalization and Data Science. Currently working as Senior Growth Manger at Careem, an Uber company and a SuperApp, responsible for optimizing activation and retention across Ridehail, Food/Grocery Delivery and Payments in 100+ cities.

Mustafa Bohra
Growth @ Careem­čÜÇ, an Uber Company

Over the past 10+ as a Founder and CTO, I have built and grown a handful of businesses. I know how overwhelming it can all get, but talking to someone who has been there before always helped me. And now, I am here to help you

Iraklis Alexopoulos´┐╝
Founder & CTO

What I love to do is solve puzzles and problems with data. After having worked in different business models in the tech industry such as Healthtech, E-commerce and Q-Commerce in over 6 different international markets, I can say that I’ve gotten very good at them.

Ammarah Ahmed
VP Growth & Performance - Snapp | x Delivery Hero | x Alibaba

I have 7+ years of experience in product, growth marketing, data science, and programming. Mainly focused on the engagement journey of all types of customers and built strategies for retention, revenue, sales & efficiency.

Baris Karaman
Vice President of Growth at

I am passionate about delivering meaningful economic and social impact via technology. I have over 7 years of experience in big tech firms (Uber/Careem, Shopee) and management consulting with experience is product led growth, leadership, analytics and business development. Studied Computer Science.

Ashiq Korikkar
Head of Growth & Analytics @ Ziina

Serial entrepreneur with experience in B2C and B2B, bootstrapped and venture funded. Can help with all stages of your business, from getting your MVP off the ground and customer research to optimizing existing growth processes, building out a scalable inbound acquisition channel, fundraising etc. .

Efe Erturk
Head of Data/Analytics & Growth @ Ounass (Leading Luxury Ecommerce Platform in GCC)

I am a data professional with almost a decade experience in BI & Analytics. During my experience I have helped large corporations and startups grow and succeed by unlocking value from their data. MSc in Marketing Analytics BSc in Marketing

Francesco Schena
BI/Analytics Manager & Consultant

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Frequently asked questions

What industries or sectors are dominant in Dubai's startup ecosystem?

Dubai’s startup ecosystem is thriving in sectors such as FinTech, E-commerce, HealthTech, and Tourism. The city is also emerging as a hub for blockchain and AI startups.

What are the key accelerators available for startups in Dubai?

Dubai has several accelerators including Dubai Future Accelerators, In5, and AstroLabs. These programs offer startups mentorship, workspace, and networking opportunities with industry leaders and investors.

What local funding opportunities are available for startups in Dubai?

Dubai offers several venture capital firms, angel investors, and government-backed funds like the Dubai Future Foundation and the Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund.

Are there any tax incentives designed to support startups in Dubai?

Dubai offers various tax incentives for startups, including a zero tax policy on personal and corporate income, and 100% capital repatriation.

What is the cost of living and operating a business in Dubai?

Dubai has a higher cost of living compared to many cities globally, with corresponding costs for business operations. However, the absence of corporate taxes can balance these costs for businesses.

What is the talent pool like in Dubai?

Dubai has a diverse and international talent pool. The city’s global appeal and business-friendly policies attract a skilled workforce from around the world, particularly in finance, tech, and marketing.

How is Dubai's infrastructure conducive to startup growth?

Dubai’s infrastructure is top-notch with state-of-the-art digital and physical infrastructure, a strategic geographical location connecting East and West, and numerous free zones offering lucrative benefits for businesses.

Are there any major networking events focused on startups in Dubai?

Dubai hosts numerous startup events including STEP Conference, GITEX Future Stars, and Dubai Startup Hub networking events, offering opportunities for startups to connect, learn, and grow.

What is the regulatory environment like for startups in Dubai?

Dubai is known for its business-friendly regulations and has several free zones where businesses can be 100% foreign-owned. However, navigating the legal landscape, especially outside these zones, can be complex and requires careful planning.