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Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO)

A revolutionary technology park, established by the Government of Dubai
and set in the Middle East’s most dynamic and diversified business
hub, the city of Dubai. Strategically positioned between Europe and
Asia with direct access to the MENA markets, we are a new breed of
technology park that provides hi-tech companies with all the
ingredients they need for success.


We specifically cater to the hi-tech
sector, with the following areas being core focus.

  • Mobile Technologies
  • Internet
  • Data Centre
  • Arabization / Localization Technologies
  • Software / SAAS
  • Semiconductornetworks, sanitary sewer
    networks, and roads networks.


DSO is home to some of the largest tech
pioneers on the planet – these include Philips, Fujitsu, Western
Digital and many more. The technology park offers an array of reasons
for these enterprises to establish operations here including:

  • Direct access to MENA markets
  • High quality facilities and
    infrastructure tailored for global or regional headquarters
  • Some of the world’s best R&D facilities
  • Strong support and protection for IP
  • Investment incentives (for hi-tech
    companies) including:

    • Preferential leasing rates
    • Subsidized EDA tools
    • Subsidized staff accommodation




At DSO we see startups as the engine of
innovation and that is why we provide startups and medium-size
businesses the launch pad to propel them to their full potential. Startup accelerator program has helped many technology entrepreneurs
build successful companies. Some of graduating companies include DCD, Ketab and Celoxica. At DSO we offer SME’s:

  • Mentorship programs
  • Cluster of startups allows peer-to-peer
    mentorship enhancing collaboration and innovation
  • Access to MENA markets
  • Advice on market strategy & business
  • Introduction to large DSO network
    facilitating business development and relationships
  • Support and protection for IP

Dubai Circuit Design Centre

Dubai Circuit Design Centre (DCDC) is the
region’s first advanced integrated circuit (IC) design centre. It was
established by DSOA with the vision of launching the semiconductor
industry in the region and leading the way in the new knowledge-based
economy. The DCDC team offers reliable design services using the
latest Synopsys design tools and flows. DCDC’s client base spans
throughout the world including clients in the US, Europe and Asia.


DSO is committed to fuelling hi-tech
innovation and that’s why we’re looking to invest in extraordinary
entrepreneurs with the ability to develop powerful ideas into powerful
companies. By providing DSO investment fund as well as a
strong network of technology-focused venture capitalists offering
additional funds, we give idea-strong tech businesses an exceptional
launch pad.

DSO offers two types of tech focused funds
for strategic purposes: an early stage fund and growth stage fund.

VC offering:

  • Early Stage Funds (for MENA based
  • Growth Stage Funds (MENA & Non-MENA
    based companies)
  • Experienced Market Advice
  • Large network of tech-focused investors
  • Large network of industry contracts
  • Universities

DSO is proud to have the internationally
renowned Rochester Institute of Technology located onsite. With its
100 year track record it provides world class technology graduates to
many of the world’s leading technology companies. We also have
longstanding partnerships with the American University of Sharjah as
well as the neighbouring Dubai Academic City which offers over 30
universities within a 1 km radius of DSO. Strategic alliances with
these institutions give you:

  • Access to a local & regional pool of
    technical & engineering talent
  • Business plan sponsorship
  • Project / R&D assistance
  • Mentorship programs • Internship schemes

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai

In partnership with Rochester Institute of
Technology based in Rochester, New York, an internationally recognized
leader in professional and technology-oriented education, DSOA has
established RIT Dubai. Created to ensure the DSO community has a
skilled pool of talented hi-tech professionals, RIT offers DSO partner
research programs which include sponsor benefits such as full
ownership / IP patent.


Research shows that businesses that have
been through an incubator program are far more likely to succeed in
the long term. DSO’s incubator program is designed to accelerate the
successful development of young entrepreneurs and their businesses
through an array of support resources and services. We’ll help you get
your idea from the concept stage into development and out into the
market. The incubator program offers:

  • Business Set-up Support
  • Workspace Facilities
  • Networking opportunities with other IT
  • Financial, technical and marketing
  • Special trade licence (Entrepreneurs
    Business License)


The region’s technology sector is growing
rapidly with IT spending in the Gulf expected to hit 180 billion in
just 3 years. The Dubai Government strongly endorses technology
enterprise providing a favourable business climate supported by a
superior infrastructure, zero tax, business friendly laws and
regulations, and access to a region of 1.8 billion people.

Dubai offers strong protection of
intellectual property. In 1992, the UAE introduced three federal laws
(numbers 37, 40 and 44) for the protection of industrial and
intellectual property which provide protection against commercial
piracy and fraud. These are currently regarded as some of strongest IP
laws in the world and are comparable with US law in their ability to
protect intellectual

property development.

One-Stop-Shop Business Support Services

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) also
offers a comprehensive range of business and government services such
as company registration and licensing, tailor-made leasing facilities,
customs clearance, visa processing, and immigration services all
provided under one roof to make the task of setting up your business
as easy as possible.

By joining DSO your business will receive
the following government support:

  • 100% ownership
  • Zero personal income tax
  • Zero corporate tax
  • 100% repatriation of capital
  • No import or export tax
  • Strong IP protection
  • Entrepreneurs Business Licence
  • Business support services


Dubai Silicon Oasis’ urban master-planned
community spans 7.2 square kilometres with state of the art office
towers, R&D and industrial zones, educational institutions, villas and
apartments, healthcare and a full range of lifestyle facilities that
translate into a dynamic commercial and social environment. The
technology park is supported by advanced telecommunications and a
hi-tech utility infrastructure plus other features such as a
state-of-the-art data centre, 7 power stations, and an advanced fibre
optic network.

Operate at DSO

Dubai Silicon Oasis offers an array of
business facilities ready for immediate occupation and development.

These include:

  • ‘Plug & Play’ offices
  • Light Industrial Units (LIU) &
  • Land for development


DSO is an ‘integrated’ city within a city
offering a plethora of residential and lifestyle facilities. The
technology park has been specifically planned and designed to create
an authentic community of comfort and convenience.

DSO includes:

  • Residential Villas and Apartments -
    High-quality villas and apartments for lease or purchase
  • Education – Renowned educational
    institutions such as RIT Dubai, GEMS School and International Indian
    High School
  • Shops & Services – Supermarkets, retail
    outlets, banks, post office, health clinic, restaurants, cafes, etc.
  • Leisure & Lifestyle – Community centres,
    play areas, swimming pools, pedestrian networks, interconnected
    courtyards and parks


Become a member of the hi-tech community
and have everything your business needs right at your doorstep

  • Direct access to MENA markets with
    Europe and Asia just a short flight away
  • World-class facilities & infrastructure
  • Full free zone benefits and 100%
  • Fast and easy business set up &
  • Dedicated business support
  • Incubational environment
  • A wealth of collaboration and innovation opportunities

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