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Dubai plans start-up help for expat entrepreneurs

Legalities, branding work for the SME Development plan still in progress - paper.

Dubai plans start-up help for expat entrepreneurs
EMIRATI ASSISTANCE: Currently the MBRESD assists budding Emirati entrepreneurs. (Getty Images)

A newly expanded programme by the Dubai government will enable expatriate entrepreneurs to apply for start-up assistance from the first quarter of next year, according to a report on Friday.

“I’m sure there are so many people out there, engineers and university students, doing things that can be commercialised and can add value,” Abdul Baset Al Janahi, the chief executive of


Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment For SME Development

(MBRESD) scheme told the Abu Dhabi-based The National daily. “We want to tell them ‘listen guys, if you’re somewhere out there, we want to support you’.”

Currently the MBRESD assists budding Emirati entrepreneurs for creation of new businesses by offering a platform for ideas and financial support, inspiring entrepreneurial spirit among UAE nationals, raising awareness of business opportunities and spreading business knowledge and assisting and supporting enterprises run by UAE nationals through instilling best practice and providing them with market opportunities.

According to The National,  small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for roughly 85 per cent of all employment in the UAE and contribute to 46 per cent of its GDP, recent estimates have shown.

MBRESD is still working on the legalities and branding of the plan but plans to formally launch the initiative before April next year, Al Janahi told the newspaper.

“We need to be clear as soon as we open the doors because I’m sure the rejection rate will be high,” he said. “We’re looking for genuine ideas that will add value to Dubai, that will add value to the UAE.

“It’s different, it’s new, something that the nation can be proud of regardless of where they’re from. Either they’re from Dubai, living in Dubai, living in the UAE, or even someone that comes through the UAE or Dubai and wants to do it here. It’s extremely open.”

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Asad Hafiz 10 years ago

this is great news really makes sense, especially since Small & Medium Enterprises actually make UAE. I sincerely hope that this is implemented well. All the best & good luck

bewildered of dubai 10 years ago

well it will make up for the current scenario which basically says "we are here to charge you for anything and everything we can think of in lieu of taxation which we don't have in Dubai."

Aron 10 years ago

Very Good news, long overdue... Hope the plan will include expert help in Marketing and branding by using expert panels from good names in the industry.. As you know, its extremely expensive to set a branding and marketing study... Knowledge Village has something similar but its superficial in the sense that you have the first meeting with an expert and then you start paying... In all cases, good initiative and a step away from a giants dominated market.. Well done MBRESD!