Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority highlights role of entrepreneurs in Singapore

DUBAI, 4th February, 2015 (WAM) — Dr. Mohammed Alzarooni, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, led a delegation to Singapore to explore collaborative opportunities as part of authority’s ongoing efforts to support entrepreneurship and knowledge sharing strategy with smart cities around the world.

During the two-day visit, the delegation met with Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, as well as representatives from the National Research Foundation and Infocomm Investments. The discussions focused on smart city collaboration as well as the possibility of supporting entrepreneurs in the UAE and Singapore.

The delegation also explored opportunities of joining hands in supporting start-ups with incubation in the MENA region through the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre (DTEC), DSOA’s fully owned technology incubator that is specifically designed to host technology start-ups and seed ventures focusing on Islamic digital and Arabic content.

Commenting on this visit, Dr. Alzarooni said: “Dubai is already seen as a gateway to the Middle East and North Africa region. This is why we are keen to engage major Singaporean firms in a dialogue that will lead to partnerships with DSO. Our talks specifically highlighted the aantages that DSO offers as a technology hub for large technology companies and start-ups alike to set up their business and grow in this region.

“We are confident this visit will further consolidate the existing synergy between technology companies in Singapore and DSO and take our business ties to the next growth phase.” Dr. Alzarooni and the delegation that included Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak, Deputy CEO of DSOA and William Chappell, Chief Financial Officer at DSOA, also met with officials of leading Singaporean corporations operating in the field of aanced technology, and briefed them on the investment opportunities that DSO offers. The DSOA delegation additionally held discussions with senior officials of reputed investment firms, as well as research and development companies that could support individuals seeking to operate their start-ups within DSO.

A wholly-owned entity of the government of Dubai, DSO operates as a free zone technology park for large enterprises, medium and small companies looking to set up their offices in Dubai.