Q&A: Dubai Silicon Oasis

We quiz Dubai Silicon Oasis about its role in helping tech start-ups thrive in the region

Director of Silicon Oasis Founders, Hans Christensen.

Director of Silicon Oasis Founders, Hans Christensen.

Government-owned free zone Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) has been helping guide, aid and promote technology business since it opened in 2004.

With a strong focus on entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs, it is helping develop the tech industry through a series of programmes and initiatives.

We quizzed Director of Silicon Oasis Founders, Hans Christensen, about DSO and the future of technology.

Please give some background to DSO. why it was established, what is its vision, and how has it grown since it was launched?

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), a 100 percent government-owned free zone, was established with the mission to “facilitate and promote modern technology based industries” thus supporting the region’s demand for business expansion. DSO is an integrated technology park with a surrounding community so people can work and live close by.

The vision of DSO is to create one of the world’s leading centres of advanced electronic innovation, design and development in order to play a fundamental role in the UAE’s overall economic development. Training and development of local talent within the domain of advanced technology manufacturing is also a focal point of the vision.

Built over an area of 7.2 million square meters, DSO continues to grow its five main pillars of industrial, commercial, education, living and residences, and public facilities. The technology park enjoys state-of-the-art utility infrastructure featuring advanced telecommunications, electricity, and road networks.

What does DSO do to accommodate start-ups? How does it help them to grow? Why should they join DSO rather than go it alone or join another free zone?

DSO focuses on creating a comprehensive environment for entrepreneurs to survive. Companies can go through many stages before maturing into established businesses.

We see start-ups as the engine of innovation and that is why we provide small and medium-size businesses with the launch pad to propel themselves to their full potential.

At DSO you’ll find everything is geared to see young entrepreneurs and start-up companies flourish. By joining DSO we offer entrepreneurs and start up’s the following support:

• Comprehensive incubation programs including funding
• Peer-to-peer mentorship enhancing collaboration and innovation
• Access to MENA markets
• Advice on market strategy & business planning
• Introduction to large DSO partner network supporting with  business development
• Support with company establishment and visas

We provide the support needed to establish and operate small company businesses ranging from plug & play offices to licensing in addition to investor visas needed.

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