The DSO Hi-tech Ecosystem

DSO is dedicated to promoting technological collaboration & innovation and consequently our experienced team of technology experts has carefully studied the world's top technology parks in order to identify the essential elements for business success. As a result, our hi-tech eco-system is specifically designed for technology based organisations to interact and support one another in order for ideas, technology and business to thrive.

Large Enterprises

DSO is home to some of the largest tech pioneers on the planet – these include Fujitsu and 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 development
  • Investment incentives (for hi-tech companies) including: preferential leasing rates, subsidized EDA tools and subsidized staff accommodation
  • Fujitsu
  • Schneider Electric
  • Western Digital
  • Henkel
  • 3W Networks
  • Nortel Networks
  • Wavetec
  • Synopsys

Dubai Silicon Oasis offers a great vantage point for Schneider Electric with its first-rate facilities...

John A. Griffiths - Country President - Gulf Countries

SME's - Startups & Medium-size Businesses

At DSO we see startups as the engine of innovation and that is why we provide small and medium-size businesses with the launch pad to propel themselves to their full potential. At Dubai Silicon Oasis you'll find everything is geared to see young entrepreneurs and start up companies flourish. Some of our most prominent SME companies include Ketab and Celoxica

Enterpreneurial & Start Up Support

At DSO we offer:

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

Furthermore, DSO offers a special Entrepreneur Business Licence (EBL) for young entrepreneurs which is only available for members of DSO's incubator program and involves a low cost licence in return for a small stake in the business.

Startups at DSO

  • Celoxica
  • Ketab
  • Invensense
  • Kevi

Venture Capital Investment

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 our own 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.

Universities & Incubators


At DSO companies have access to high quality university talent at their doorstep. Dubai Silicon Oasis is proud to have the internationally reknowned Rochester Institute of Technology located onsite. With its 100 year track record, RIT 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 1km radius of DSO.

Our strategic alliances with these institutions give you:

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

Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T) 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 which was created to ensure the DSO community has a pool of talented hi-tech professionals.

Launched in 2008, RIT Dubai offers the same accredited degrees that are offered by Rochester Institute of Technology which was originally founded in 1829 and is now the 15th largest private university in the USA. RIT has a track record of high-quality, competitive, technology-based educational bachelors and masters degree programs that meet business and industry needs, and prepare students for successful careers in a global society. The university will also offers curricula and advance scholarship relevant to emerging technologies and social conditions of the region.

Graduate Programs

RIT currently offers bachelor degrees, masters degrees and advanced certificates in the following fields:

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

Bachelor degrees:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Management

Masters degrees:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Service Leadership and Innovation
  • Networking Security Systems Administration

Corporate Advanced Certificates:

RIT Dubai offers customised courses to corporations in order to help train and develop employees. In addition, certificates can be used towards one of its master degree programs.

Research Programs:

Onsite Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai offers companies DSO partner research programs which include sponsor benefits such as full ownership/IP patent.

For further information please visit R.I.T.'s official website.

Silicon Oasis Founders (SOF)

Silicon Oasis Founders (SOF) is a wholly owned entity of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), a 100% owned entity by the Government of Dubai. SOF has a strategic commercial ambition and clear long term vision: "To become the leading incubator that supports regional high potential ventures in the seed phase".

SOF focuses on fostering local entrepreneurial talents in the promising mobile application space and related technologies. SOF's expertise will help emerging entrepreneurs to refine their business proposals, and accelerate growth.

If you have an existing business and you want to boost escalate performance or even if you are seeking partial or complete funding then we welcome you to send us your application. Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about our incubation models.

Silicon Oasis Founders benefits:

  • Offers the largest selection and best quality incubation services in the region
  • Meets the individual needs of the incubated venture
  • Increases the likelihood of success of venture
  • Accelerates the time to market
  • Improves the chances of receiving venture capital
  • Lowers the risk of personal liability
  • Benefits from the know how of serial entrepreneurs
  • Forces the entrepreneur to think through all important aspects of a start-up
  • Access DSOA Network

Please feel free to download our selection criteria and process, together with our application. We challenge you to join us and benefit from the experience of a senior and highly professional incubation team. We are confident that we can help you realize your dreams of starting your own successful business.


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. DSO enjoys one of the most developed infrastructures in the region. The authority has injected a large capital investment in its infrastructure to cater to the need of high tech industries in the free zone, this ranges from advanced telecommunications, a fibre optic network, tier 3 data centre with 120 high capacity racks, and a high-tech utility infrastructure with 8 power stations with a capacity of 1,600 mega watts.

The technology park possesses a combined fire, water and irrigation supply system which is supported by a pump station and a 5,000 cubic meter underground irrigation tank. A sanitary water network is also provided giving potable water supply of 44,525 cubic metres per day based on an estimated 162,400 population working and/or living at the Silicon Oasis.

DSO has its own functional self sufficient sewage network and sewage treatment plant (STP). Its current capacity stands at 3,000 cubic metres per day. To facilitate expected demand and the community's future growth, DSO has upgraded the STP capacity to 10,000 cubic metres. Its new capacity will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2011.

Furthermore, DSO has a fully completed network of roads allowing quick and easy in and out access to Dubai's major highways.

In addition, DSO offers an array of high-quality facilities to those working and living in DSO.

Commericial Facilities

  • 'Plug & Play' offices
  • Light Industrial Units (LIU) & Warehousing
  • Land for development

Residential Facilities

  • Villas
  • Apartments

For further information:

(+971) 4 501 5555

Government Support

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. This is reflected in the fact that the region's technology sector is growing rapidly with IT spending in the Gulf expected to hit 180 billion in just 3 years.

When it comes to research & development, 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 Services

In addition to a positive business environment conducive to technological innovation, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority provides a comprehensive range of in-house government services all under one roof. So whether you require a business licence, an employee work permit or family residence visa, DSOA takes care of all your needs. Click to learn more about our in-house government services for businesses.

Furthermore, companies at DSO also enjoy a strong customer-orientated service structure with DSOA providing direct help lines and a dedicated client management service with professionally trained staff to attend to all needs.

For further information:

(+971) 4 501 5555