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Here is where we create the space for each other to flourish and grow. Our community is rooted in our values of inclusivity, collaboration, and meritocracy.


Our mentors believe in our mission and want to be part of our journey. They bring a wide range of expertise and knowledge that can help SMEs overcome their executional challenges.


It’s true that our partners come from different industries and specialisations, but we all share one common belief of rallying behind the changemakers in our region to unlock mutual opportunities.

Abu Dhabi SME Hub

The Abu Dhabi SME Hub is a private-public initiative supported by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, which aims to nurture, advance, and grow a community of entrepreneurs, SMEs, and startups in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development

As a strategic backer of the Abu Dhabi SME Hub, the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development’s (ADDED) objective is to listen to our community and enable a striving sector through new policies and initiatives. ADDED works on achieving sustainable economic development in Abu Dhabi by adopting knowledge-based economic principles and regulating the business sector and economic affairs.

Khalifa Fund For Enterprise Development

The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development helps to develop local enterprises in Abu Dhabi by instilling and enriching an investment culture amongst UAE nationals. The Fund also seeks to support and develop SMEs in the Emirate. By being a strategic partner to the Abu Dhabi SME Hub, the Khalifa fund aims to augment its knowledge base program to a wider segment of local and expat founders.

Dunes Ventures

Dunes Ventures is a hybrid venture studio founded in Abu Dhabi supporting startup founders and corporates. We set out on a mission to build the Abu Dhabi SME Hub, a platform that can support entrepreneurs based in the UAE. Our mission is to bring together exceptional people to collaborate, innovate, and build game changing companies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Abu Dhabi SME Hub?

The Abu Dhabi SME Hub, an interactive digital platform, consolidates the local business ecosystem, with the goal of enabling entrepreneurs to grow, thrive and innovate in the UAE.

The Hub supports small and medium enterprises of all stages, adding value across different streams:

  • Our Explore component puts you in touch with new opportunities, initiatives, and regulations that shape the local business environment, in addition to relevant news and insightful interviews with SMEs, startups, regulators, investors, and more. Explore is also home to podcasts, video interview series, and more.

  • Our Learn component equips you with the best business practices through a series of engaging multi-format content pieces and courses.

  • Our Community component gives you an overview of Abu Dhabi’s ecosystem and its changemakers within the public and private sectors, while giving you the opportunity to solicit personalised feedback from mentors via our Access to Experts platform. 

Who is supporting this initiative?

The Abu Dhabi SME Hub initiative is a collaborative effort commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED). It was brought to life via a strategic partnership with Dunes Ventures, an Abu Dhabi-based venture studio.

The UAE has a bold vision for SMEs and startups, and the Abu Dhabi SME Hub’s goal is to support this vision by empowering the country’s rising generation of entrepreneurs. 

How does the Abu Dhabi SME Hub help entrepreneurs?

We strive to enable Entrepreneurship in the UAE; this is a perpetual mission that will evolve with time. As of now, we provide news, insights, learning materials and tools. Moreover, we help you understand the ecosystem's key stakeholders through our Partner page. Lastly, we also give you the opportunity to connect with industry experts to ask a question or book a one-on-one advisory session via our Access to Mentors page.