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Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development (Dubai SME)

Supporting entrepreneurs in all phases of development

Dubai SME is an integrated division of the Department of Economic Development (DED), which supports the SMEs and entrepreneurs in the emirate of Dubai. Dubai SME offers a wide range of services to entrepreneurs and businesspersons right from planning a project to reaching its full potential – covering training programmes, trade licenses, funding and investment, product promotion, rating systems, government procurement programmes, and more.

Financial incentives offered by

Dubai SMEs


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National Start-up Companies in Dubai



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Programmes and Benefits

Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development (Dubai SME)


The new incubator and accelerator, launched by Dubai SME, focusses on healthcare technology, including augmented and virtual reality, and digital media utilised in healthcare. It helps start-ups to grow and expand.

Target Groups

Healthcare technology companies and projects in Dubai

Hi Dubai

A new digital platform that makes businesses in Dubai accessible to everyone and highly visible online. Dubai SME members are listed on the platform and categorised based on their business activities.

Target groups

All companies in Dubai

Dubai SME 100

This initiative aims to identify the 100 top-performing SMEs in Dubai and develop them to maximise their potential and become more sustainable. This also serves as a strong credential for SMEs, enabling to have better access to new markets and funding.


Small and medium businesses in Dubai

Dubai Next

Dubai Next is the first government crowdfunding platform in the UAE, which offers crowdfunding solutions to allow entrepreneurs and innovators to raise capital and launch their project. Dubai SME offers different incentives for SMEs obtaining their capital through Dubai Next.


Entrepreneurs of all nationalities in Dubai

Innovation Attraction Programme for Startups

The programme aims to attract emerging startups in aerospace, information technology, education, energy efficiency, transport and mobility, and health and medicine from around the world seeking to expand to Dubai. In line with this, Dubai SME partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) enabling the referral of innovative companies to the HPE Digital Life Garage, its business accelerator.


Foreign startups operating in focussed sectors

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