The UAE is home to many thriving pools of startups, but none is more active and well-resourced than the tech industry.
Home to some of the largest technology and innovation funds in the world, the UAE is estimated to have around USD 1tr of available investment capital. And its investors are keen to get behind new and exciting ventures.
Funding in UAE tech companies had already reached USD 1bn in 2016. Today, we can expect that number to be much higher.
For the fledgeling businesses looking to access this incredible ecosystem, there is no better location than a tech startups hub. In Dubai, where 93% of the UAE’s tech startups are located, you’ll find Dtec, a fully integrated tech community, home to hundreds of the region’s leading startups, SMEs and tech entrepreneurs.
With the right support, it’s easy to establish your business here, in the largest startups ecosystem in Dubai. And once set up, you’ll get access to state of the art coworking space, mentors, accelerators, workshops, and networking events – all under one roof.
Interested? Here’s five reasons why you should be.
State of the art facilities
Start your business at a tech hub like Dtec, and you’ll benefit from state-of-the-art business facilities, of the like previously only afforded to large enterprises.
Whether you take on a flexible package, fixed desk, or private office, you’ll get 24/7 access to high-speed Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, creative spaces, and accelerated document and visa services.
You can also make use of a range of business services, from printing, faxing, and shredding to reception cover and PO boxes.
When you set up in a tech hub, you have the freedom to grow at your own pace. Flexible office space plans include everything from hot desk coworking to fixed desk, private, and even fully serviced offices.
At Dtec, you start with a single hot desk and progress as your business grows, taking on more space and more facilities as you need them.
Flexi desk packages include your trade license, two visas per desk, free high-speed Wi-Fi, ample parking, 24/7 key card access, and services including printing, bookable meeting spaces, securable lockers, professional advice and events.
Fixed desk packages include all the benefits above, as well as an additional visa per desk, access to a landline telephone, and reserved desk space with lockable storage.
Private office packages include all the benefits above as well as exclusive use of a private office.
One of the main benefits of starting up in a Dubai tech hub is access to accelerator programmes designed to help your business grow at speed.
To give early-stage entrepreneurs a head start in creating future change, Dtec offers two such programs – the Dubai Smart City Accelerator powered by Startupbootcamp and the Intelak incubator.
Both offer intense, rapid, and immersive education to drive forward the life cycle of disruptive UAE startups.
Our network of mentors, advisers and educators condense years of education into months to help you get ready to pitch your business ideas to potential investors.
Access to investment
Tech startup hubs are not just great places to access knowledge and initiatives. They’re also great for finding investors with the funds to accelerate your business trajectory.
Dtec Venture is one such fund. It invests in early-stage technology companies in the MENA region. Its focus is on businesses that are disrupting or enabling traditional industries.
To be eligible, you must be a talented, passionate, and ambitious technology founder – with a goal to build something truly incredible.
Support – every step of the way
The great thing about doing business from a tech startup up is that the support you’ll receive extends off-site.
Dtec, for example, is partnered with a host of prestigious brands, businesses, and publications, from Entrepreneur Middle East to IBM and Visa. Through these partnerships, tech startups get easy access to enterprise-level systems and solutions. You may be starting small, but at Dtec, you have everything you need to think big.
How to start your business at Dtec
It’s easy to start your business at Dtec. Your dedicated account contact can take care of every step of the process for you. We’ll help you outline your business activities, choose and register your company name, and find the coworking or office package that’s right for you.
When the time is right, we’ll help you apply for your business license, ensuring that your application is complete and correct to prevent delays. When making your application, you are usually required to provide some basic documentation, including:
Finally, you will require a visa to live and work in the UAE. And we can help you get this, too, as well as visas for your employees, family, and domestic staff if required.
Enter the world of tech startups with Dtec
Whatever online business you wish to start in Dubai, UAE, there’s no better base than Dtec.
Start your business with us, and we’ll handle every step of the process for you and support you once you’re up and running.
For technology startups and entrepreneurs looking for flexible coworking or office space in Dubai, Dtec offers a nurturing, supportive community from which to set up your new business. Our 10,000 sqm facility is home to an integrated ecosystem for hundreds of startups, SMEs and technology entrepreneurs from around the world.
So, have you got a great idea you want to see realised? Everything you need can be found here. Our coworking space encourages collaboration. Our accelerator programs and funding arm give a young business set up in the UAE a head start. Our networking events ensure you get your name out there and stay on top of industry trends.
We take care of everything, leaving you to take care of running your business.