Startup Incubators in UAE

Startup Incubators are key to Dubai’s strategy of becoming smartest city in the world by 2021.


Here’s a list of few top incubators in the Middle East.


  • Astro labs

    – This is a coworking space that brings together digital technology companies. The partnership with Dubai Metals and Commodities Centre DMCC sets it apart.


 Focus areas: It focuses on the digital tech sector like Robo advisors, custom earphone makers, tech concierge solutions etc.

          Location: Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai


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  • Dubai technology entrepreneur centre DTEC

    This is home to over 100 startups from more than 60 countries. Being the largest innovation center in the MENA region, it offers a nurturing community to grow. 

Focus Areas: Their main focus areas are IoT, AI, sustainability, urban automation and  similar fields. If you have ideas that will redefine the travel experience, this incubator is for you.

          Location: Dubai Silicon Oasis , Dubai

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  • In5

    This is an enabling platform for entrepreneurs & startups. With top advisors from across the globe, it provides a great capital of network to its startups.

          Focus Areas: It has innovation centres for Tech, Media and Design for focused growth.

          Location:  TECH: Dubai Internet City

                             MEDIA: Dubai Production City

                             DESIGN: Dubai Design District


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  • FinTech Hive

    This startup incubator was setup by the Dubai International Financial Center DIFC in January 2017. 

 Focus Areas: As the name suggests its focus is mainly on FinTech, InsurTech, RegTech, Islamic FinTech sector. FinTech Hive is the place to be for ideas that can transform the way the world interacts with their finances.

          Location: DIFC, Dubai


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  • Turn 8

    – It helps the startups with Investment, Mentorship, Training and Business development support. The Cribb is the accelerator host


 Focus Areas: Focuses on nourishing startups from seed phase to scale phase. Focus   areas include innovative niche sectors like 3D printing, nanotechnology, storage solutions etc.

             Location: JLT, Dubai


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    It aims at growing the pipeline of future change makers, by fostering a culture of experimentation and critical thought. 

Focus Areas: They have a unique set of programs for different stages of a startup, from Idea Lab to Pre Seed to Seed to Series A.

Location : Sharjah

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  • Techstars Dubai

    12 year old. Its practices inclusive and diverse philosophy. Entered Dubai with partnership with GINCO, leading construction engineering conglomerate.

           Location: Dubai ,UAE


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  • 1776

    –  This is a global innovation platform started in the US, now with a co-working space in the Dubai Future Accelerators. It has $12.5 million seed fund with 30 plus portfolio companies.

Focus Areas : The core of 1776 is offering  a software called UNION. This is a platform that allows entrepreneurs to reach a range of online resources.

Location : Dubai , Dubai Future Accelerators.

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  • Dubai SME

    : This is a government agency created to help and increase the SME sector in Dubai. It works to advocate a pro – business environment, for developing entrepreneurships. 


Focus areas: Provides financial solutions for promising businesses to assist emirati entrepreneurship. They support through a range of financial options, including non-interest capital loans. 


Location: Dubai. 


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  • Flat6 Labs :

    This is a regional accelerator, which provides seed funding , business training and a workspace


Focus areas: They provide training in areas like logistics, business development and technology. 


Location : Abu Dhabi. 


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  • NAMA:

    This  is a women’s advancement establishment aiming at developing opportunities for women in these three sectors: 

  • Economic 

  • Professional 

  • Social


Focus areas : IT runs differnet programs for advancement of women like the ‘Azyame’ fashion program, in collaborstion with london school of fashion. And the ‘Jeel’ program which provides training and menorship in busines planning and development. 


Location : Sharjah.


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  • Dubai Future Accelerators :

    This was  Launched in 2016 by Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of Dubai Future Foundation. DFA is a nine-week program that’s “not an incubator” but a platform that lets you use the city as a test bed for your solutions. 

Focus Areas: DFA pairs startups with various arms of the Dubai government to work on transformative solutions, ensuring a win-win strategy.

Location: Emirates Towers , Dubai.


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  • Impact Hub:

    Impact Hub is a lab to accelerate your ideas and help you get going with your business.

Focus Areas: Entrepreneurs, innovators, creatives, techies or freelancers –     whoever you are, this accelerator helps you growing your business. 


Location: Downtown, Dubai. 


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  • A4 Space :

    This is a co-working space, if you are looking for one that inspires and influences you. This is the place to go.

            Location: Alserkal Avenue ,Dubai.

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  • The Bureau :

    It helps you start, manage and grow your business in Dubai.

 Location: Souk Al Bahar , Dubai.


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  • Hamadaan Innovation Incubator

    : This incubator helps you launch and grow your business. Encourages creativity and Youth Entrepreneurship. 

Focus Areas: In partnership with Dubai SME ,they encourage and support early age startups.

Location: Deira Business Village, Dubai.  

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  • Dubai Silicon Oasis Founders :

    This is basically  a technology park which allows you to Live, work and play. Hosting modern technology based industries and an urban master-planned community in an iconic location, DSO offers state-of-the-art infrastructure and in-house business services

Focus Areas: They have a strong mentorship program, offering help with pitches, as well as legal, marketing and accounting support.

Location: Dubai.

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