• 14 Nov 2021
  • ITP.net

Dubai Crown Prince unveils new digital platform to boost real estate sector

The digital platform is designed to support enhanced decision-making and promote growth and sustainability across the real estate sector

Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has recently announced the launch the Dubai RE-Tech platform.

The digital platform is designed to support enhanced decision-making and promote growth and sustainability across the real estate sector.

According to WAM, the launch of the platform is part of initiatives introduced to support the implementation of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, which aims to make Dubai the world’s best city to live in. It is aimed at further enhancing enhance transparency and strengthening investor confidence in the industry.

“We aim to make Dubai’s real estate industry one of the world’s best,” said Sheikh Hamdan.”We are seeing exceptional growth in the sector with the number of investors increasing by more than 80% in a year, and the value of annual real estate transactions exceeding AED 250 billion. This growth momentum reflects the resilience and attractiveness of the sector and the vast opportunities it offers.”

Dubai RE-Tech leveraged advanced technologies to develop an integrated real estate model based on artificial intelligence that allows players across Dubai’s realty sector to analyse big data related to the industry.

Additionally, it enables tools for future scenario-based strategic planning and policy development, and for generating proactive initiatives to take advantage of opportunities and deal with diverse markets changes.

The new initiative provides a valuable tool to map the future of Dubai’s real estate sector in line with international best practices, which in turn helps boost investor confidence. The platform also encompasses an integrated and instant real estate database connected with various stakeholders in the sector, which offers industry indicators and the future outlook for the real estate market.

 

 

The UAE aims to become home to 20 unicorns, or start-ups valued at more than $1 billion, by 2031 as part of a programme it launched on Wednesday to attract and expand small-and-medium enterprises.

The Entrepreneurial Nation initiative aims to offer support through a series of public-private partnerships that help entrepreneurs set up in the UAE, expand their businesses, export their products and tap into online sales, Ahmad Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said during a conference in Dubai.

The UAE will also set up a Dh1bn ($272 million) private equity fund for lending to SMEs based in the country and operating in strategic sectors, which will be released from the first quarter of 2022 and over the next five years, he said.

“Our aim today is to transform from a regional to a global entrepreneurship hub,” the minister said.

SMEs are the backbone of the UAE economy, with the government introducing economic support packages to help business owners weather the Covid-19 pandemic. It has also taken measures to create a more attractive environment for foreign investment by easing visa rules, liberating company ownership rules and updating laws.

“The UAE, federally and locally, is amending laws because this is the most important factor in attracting capital and also talent,” the minister told reporters on the sidelines of the conference.

The programmes under the UAE’s Entrepreneurial Nation initiative will start this month, according to the ministry’s presentation.

The Entrepreneurial Nation, a unified destination for start-ups from inception to growth, encompasses three stages or tracks.

The Skill-Up Academy is intended to equip participants with entrepreneurial skills and to be suited to a variety of participants, including students, recent graduates, employees, retirees, homemakers and jobseekers.

Its Start-Up track will target entrepreneurs who are seeking to establish a business and will offer incentives, products and services to support start-ups and innovative companies in the country. This includes a partnership with Emirates Development Bank to open bank accounts as quickly as within 48 hours.

The Scale-Up programme will back fast-growing, revenue-earning companies that are more than three years old to expand and eventually become unicorns.

The various tracks will offer services from facilitating access to funding, offering a network of experts for mentorship, exporting to international markets, digitalisation and sourcing talent, according to the presentation.

Entrepreneurial Nation has partnerships with global companies such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Cisco, Huawei and UPS, as well as local entities such as Etihad Credit Insurance and Khalifa Fund For Enterprise Development to support entrepreneurs.

“The Entrepreneurial Nation is a partnership and scalable platform with the private sector,” Mr Al Falasi told The National.

The ministry is still considering whether the new Dh1bn fund for start-ups and SMEs will be for early stage or late-stage businesses, he said.

“We will only intervene when there is a gap,” Mr Al Falasi said.

“So when we release the fund, we size it in a way without overwhelming the market … at the same time, I don’t want to cannibalise and overstep on VCs. So we’re taking our time in understanding what’s the best way in complementing the sector.”

Source Type: The National News https://www.thenationalnews.com/business/2021/11/10/uae-seeks-20-unicorns-by-2031-and-launches-programme-to-back-smes/

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