Abu Dhabi aims to lure start-ups new technology hub

By Prosyscom
In March 25, 2019
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Abu Dhabi will commit up to 1 billion dirhams (US$272 million) to support technology start-ups, it said on Sunday, in a dedicated hub as part of efforts to diversify its economy.

U.S. tech giant Microsoft will be a strategic partner, providing technology and cloud services to the businesses that join the hub as the capital of the United Arab Emirates continues its push to reduce reliance on oil revenue.

The emirate launched a 50 billion dirham (US$13.6 billion) stimulus fund, Ghadan 21, in September last year to accelerate economic growth. Ghadan means tomorrow in Arabic.

The new initiative, named Hub 71, is linked to Ghadan will also involve the launch of a 500 million dirham fund to invest in start-ups, said Ibrahim Ajami, head of Mubadala Ventures, the technology arm of Mubadala Investment Co.

The goal is to have 100 companies over the next three to five years, Ajami said. “The market opportunities in this region are immense,” he added.



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