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Discover the magic of Dubai and experience the energy of its entrepreneurial ecosystem.

About The Venue

Dubai Internet City is nestled within the bustling metropolis of Dubai, a city known for its modern architecture, luxurious lifestyle, and rich cultural heritage. Its strategic location offers easy access to major transportation hubs, making it a convenient hub for international businesses and entrepreneurs.

8000+

Attendees

400+

Showcasing Startups

100+

Participating Companies

$1+ Billion

Funding Present

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Previous speakers

Chris Yeh

Blitzscaling Ventures

Chris Yeh

Blitzscaling Ventures

Chris Yeh is a founding General Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures. Chris has founded, advised, or invested in over 100 high-tech startups since 1995, including 9-figure companies like Ustream (investor, advisor, CEO) and UserTesting.com (advisor). He is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman, of ‘Blitzscaling: The Lightning-fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies’, and the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, of the New York Times bestseller, ‘The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age’. Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University, with distinction in both, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar.

Jeremiah Owyang

Blitzscaling Ventures

Jeremiah Owyang

Blitzscaling Ventures

VC of Blitzscaling AI Fund, Speaker, Event Host in Silicon Valley

Faraz Khalid

noon

Faraz Khalid

noon

Faraz is the CEO of noon, the region’s leading consumer commerce platform. The noon ecosystem of services now includes marketplaces for food delivery, quick-commerce, fintech, and fashion. Faraz is an engineer by training and has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to noon, Faraz was the co-founder and Managing Director at Namshi.

Jenny Zeng

MSA Capital

Jenny Zeng

MSA Capital

Jenny Zeng is a serial entrepreneur in the Chinese private equity fund space with over 20 years of experience in the VC/PE sector. She has witnessed and actively participated in the development of the Chinese private equity funds ecosystem from inception to its growth. In 2014, she founded MSA Capital and serves as a co-founder and Managing Partner, leading all China based investments from the fund. Prior to founding MSA Capital, Zeng served as the first Executive Director of the China Venture Capital Association (CVCA) in 2002 and went on to establish Fenggu Investment in 2004, a leading investment bank in China, successfully raising hundreds of millions of dollars in financing for numerous rapidly growing companies across various industries.

Mehdi Ghissassi

Google DeepMind

Mehdi Ghissassi

Google DeepMind

Mehdi is currently director of product management for Google DeepMind focusing on new products grounded in breakthrough AI Research. Mehdi brings more than a decade of early stage product development expertise, spanning multiple areas such as enterprise, cloud, consumer, emerging markets and AI/ML. Prior to Google, Mehdi was a management consultant at Booz&Cie, an investor at Macquarie Capital and a Technology Strategy Lead at Vodafone/SFR. Mehdi holds engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in France, a Masters of Science in International Relations from Sciences-Po Paris and an MBA from Columbia University.

Why entrepreneurs love Dubai

Strategic Location

Positioned as a global hub, Dubai serves as a gateway to emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Its world-class infrastructure, state-of-the-art airports, and advanced logistics facilities enable entrepreneurs to access a vast network of customers, suppliers, and investors.

Diversity Drive

Dubai’s cosmopolitan culture, diverse population, and rich expatriate community make it an attractive destination for entrepreneurs. The city provides a melting pot of ideas, talent, and cultural exchange, fostering collaboration and cross-pollination of innovative concepts.

Minimal Taxation Laws

With no personal income tax, capital gains tax, or inheritance tax, Dubai offers a favorable environment for wealth accumulation and asset protection. By embracing a business-friendly tax system, Dubai attracts entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals from around the world, allowing them to maximize their earnings and retain more of their hard-earned money.

Innovation and Technological Advancements

Dubai is renowned for embracing innovation and cutting-edge technologies. Entrepreneurs are drawn to the city’s commitment to digital transformation, smart initiatives, and disruptive solutions.

Investment Openings

Dubai boasts a robust investment ecosystem, attracting venture capitalists, angel investors, and private equity firms. Entrepreneurs benefit from a diverse pool of funding sources, accelerators, and incubators that foster startup growth.

Residency Programs

Visit Dubai has introduced residency programs providing long-term visas and assistance with setting up businesses in the Emirates.