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The Fund

One of the Establishment's key objectives is to help address the challenges of the funding gap for Small/ Medium enterprises and make capital available to them on a per-need basis.


A key objective of SME is to address the challenges of accessing finance for start-up small [& medium size enterprises. Many aspiring entrepreneurs often fail to secure the initial star-up funding needed for their business. SME has a variety of financing programs to ease this challenge and facilitate the new business of entrepreneurs. The application procedure for financial support, both for potential and existing entrepreneurs, requires a detailed business plan.


The criteria for considering projects for financial support takes into account, commitment of the entrepreneur, financial parameters, uniqueness of business idea and model, entrepreneurial sensitivity to the challenges of start-up and Growth, business risk and quality of the business plan.


Entrepreneurs support services>

The entrepreneur Relations (ER) team serves entrepreneurs by accelerating business start-up through a variety of services such as guidance on type of business, mode and category of business licensing, reducing business start-up costs, and accessing reduced rate location real space.


The Entrepreneur support services team will also assist in obtaining exemptions or fee reductions for government services.


Legal Services Offered to SME members:

  • Issuance of Trade license with Local Fees exemption (which includes Department of Economic Development and Dubai Municipality) for three years from the date of issuance of license (does not include fees imposed by Federal entities). Annual renewal for licenses with minimal Fees for renewals, or amendments to the license.
  • Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry membership for three years.
  • To obtain The Renewal of labour Guarantee Exemption subject to satisfying the terms and conditions, with the exception of (contraction, general maintenance, security companies, oilfield services, cleaning companies, manpower supply companies).
  • To obtain a discount on leasing premises from governmental & semi government entities for example( AWQAF,DUBAI PROPERTIES,TECOM,UNION CORPERATION,ASWAQ
  • Provide the necessary support in government entities in terms of simplifying the process and procedures for the company.


Membership Criteria / Conditions:


Business is located in Dubai.

100 % owned and managed by a UAE National.

If the application is for an existing business, it should not exceed three years since startup.

During exemption period only one license will be issued, another license could be obtained by the member if the activities of the new license are compatible to the first license.

Number of Trade licenses issued per applicant prior to submitting membership application should not exceed four (4).

Government Procurement Program

All Dubai Government departments allocate at least 5% of their annual purchasing budget to participants of the Government Procurement Programme (GPP).


This enables UAE Nationals who own and operate small and medium-size businesses to compete with larger companies and sell their products and services to government departments. Since this programme was established in 2002, GPP members have sold more than AED 1 billion worth of goods and services to the Dubai Government.


GPP helped me to sign contracts/deals with leading Dubai Government establishments


Benefits of GPP membership

As a GPP member, you and your company will benefit from:

  • Free membership of eSupply, the official Procurement Portal for the Dubai Government: It offers interaction with buyers from across the Government. Receive e-mail alerts on new tenders, access tender documentation online, engage in transparent online bidding for contracts.
  • Matchmaking services: We provide the link between government and semi-government organisations that need products and services, and the companies that can provide them
  • Participation in conferences and exhibitions organised by Dubai SME Training and support in management concepts that can make your company more competitive


GPP Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

To register for GPP, your company must be:

  • Registered in Dubai
  • 100 % owned and managed by a UAE National
  • Classified as a small or medium-size enterprise according to the Dubai SME Definition.
  • In operation for at least one year


The type of position you hold in the company and the hours you dedicate to the business will be considered in the approval decision. You must also pass the internal evaluation process in order to qualify for GPP membership.


Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy

Helping the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Grow


Successful entrepreneurs all share one common quality – the ability to adapt and evolve to the rapidly changing business environment. Being a successful business owner requires you to be constantly upgrading your skills and knowledge, keeping your company ahead of the trends and adjust to the changing times.


At Dubai SME, we help budding and experience entrepreneurs alike develop the skillset they need to thrive by delivering relevant information, seminars, workshops and other opportunities to learn, grow and network with ambitious, like-minded individuals.


Explore our extensive collection of educational resources and tests designed to nurture your entrepreneurial and managerial talents. In additional to assessing your personal readiness to launch your very own brand and company, we also help you identify opportunities in the marketplace, evaluate risks and develop business plans.


Whether you're a first-time entrepreneur or a seasoned start-up engineer, we'll help you enhance your business skills and help turn your vision into a reality.


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