Dubai Silicon Oasis and Volkswagen ME Support Startups in Developing Innovative Mobility Initiatives

Shahla Abdulrazak of DSO and Andrew Savvas of Volkswagen sign papers in Silicon Park.

Dubai, UAE: 11 October 2017 – Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone Technology Park, and Volkswagen Middle East today announced the signing of a strategic partnership, on the side-lines of the 37th Gitex Technology Week 2017. The two-year partnership opens doors for mutual support of startups with innovative mobility initiatives across the GCC region.

The partnership agreement was signed by Mrs Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak, Deputy CEO of DSOA and Andrew Savvas, Brand Director Volkswagen Middle East at DSOA’s GITEX Stand located in Za’beel Hall # ZB20.

The strategic partnership between DSOA and Volkswagen Middle East aims to help define the future of mobility in the region through dedicated events, targeted mentorship, and accelerator programs that will take place at the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), DSOA’s wholly owned technology incubator campus and the largest of its kind in the Middle East.

Commenting on the partnership Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak, said: “We are proud to cement our strong ties with Volkswagen Middle East that began with the community safety-focused Human Crossing initiative at DSO in 2016, which gathered numerous accolades as a smart initiative. We appreciate the company’s efforts in supporting Dtec, currently the base of operations for more than 700 startups. Our strategic partnership opens a two-way corridor of collaboration between our organizations, and will significantly benefit of the pool of entrepreneurs available at Dtec, especially those in the field of smart transportation.”

Andrew Savvas, Brand Director Volkswagen Middle East commented: “We continually seek to attract like-minded individuals and entities that demonstrate a strong spirit of innovation and are not averse to challenge. They aspire to stand out from the crowd, create their own path to success and lead rather than follow. To achieve this goal we aim to work with the most innovative industry partners in shaping the future of mobility. As the biggest cluster of start-ups in the UAE, Dtec is clearly one of them.”

Located in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis, and home to hundreds of start-ups and e from more than 70 countries, Dtec is designed to accommodate and support the brightest technopreneurs. Kicking off the collaboration, Volkswagen Middle East will be the official mobility partner of the “Entrepreneur Day”, DSOA’s annual signature tech startup event held on November 15th and 16th at Dtec. In line with its participation, the Brand will feature a keynote speaker, and a juror on the judging panel of the Entrepreneur Day business pitch competition.