Dubai Internet City (DIC) is the Middle East and North Africa's largest ICT hub. Since the year 2000, DIC has successfully developed a prosperous ecosystem for technology organisations and has been one of the forerunners in carrying forward Dubai's vision of transitioning into a knowledge-based economy. DIC is home to Fortune 500 companies and multinationals, including global names such as Facebook and linkedIn, as well as some of the region's most dynamic and successful technology SMEs and start-ups from all elements of the ICT value chain.
DIC provides access to an extensive multi-lingual talent pool with a variety of skills and industry expertise. It provides wide ranging facilities including state-of-the-art offices, a robust IT infrastructure, 24-hour security, retail services and hotels, spread across the business park's unique and tranquil landscape: an environment that helps ICT businesses develop, innovate and grow.
DIC has fronted a bold initiative to support and nurture entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs through the creation of the In5 innovation hub and First Steps business centre. In5 aims to foster and promote entrepreneurship and innovation in order to further develop the technology start-up ecosystem in Dubai, providing infrastructure, access to funding, and a dynamic and engaging working environment to entrepreneurs.
FirstSteps, established in 2003, was one of the first unique business centres in Dubai to facilitate quick access for start-ups, SMEs and multinationals to the UAE marketplace. Through the provision of multiple services including administrative support, licensing and furnished ready-to-use office spaces, First Steps fosters the growth of businesses until they are in a position to expand further.