US celebrities make a beeline for UAE, Gulf

UAE emerges as a hub for innovation

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Published: Thu 1 Jun 2023, 4:28 PM

In recent years, the UAE and other Gulf countries have witnessed a significant influx of American celebrities and athletes who are increasingly drawn to the region as an additional home and business destination.

This article explores the factors behind this trend and highlights the UAE’s emergence as a hub for innovation.


The appeal of the UAE and Gulf:

The UAE, with its modern infrastructure, political stability, and strategic location, has become a thriving centre for innovation and business opportunities. The presence of free trade zones, low tax rates, and robust financial services has attracted global attention, making it an attractive destination for individuals seeking new ventures. Additionally, the Gulf region offers a luxurious lifestyle, breathtaking landscapes, and a multicultural environment that appeals to those seeking a diverse and inclusive society.


Business opportunities and investments:

The UAE and Gulf countries have been proactive in diversifying their economies, reducing dependence on oil, and investing in sectors such as technology, finance, entertainment, and tourism. This strategic shift has created numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs, including American celebrities and athletes, to establish businesses or invest in flourishing sectors. The UAE’s commitment to fostering innovation through initiatives like the Dubai Future Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Global Market’s regulatory framework has provided a favorable environment for startups and established companies alike.

Collaboration and networking:

The UAE and Gulf region have fostered a culture of collaboration and networking, creating platforms for individuals from diverse industries to connect and exchange ideas. High-profile events such as the Dubai Expo 2020 and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix not only promote business partnerships but also offer opportunities for celebrities and athletes to engage with influential figures and explore potential collaborations.

The UAE and Gulf countries have positioned themselves as vibrant hubs for innovation, attracting American celebrities and athletes seeking new horizons. With its business-friendly environment, diverse culture, and emphasis on technological advancements, the region provides fertile ground for entrepreneurial endeavors and creative ventures, making it an enticing destination for those looking to expand their footprint and contribute to its thriving economy.

About Mena Speakers

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Being the small agency that assist companies in making big power moves to build and strengthen their objectives, helping countries enhance their strategic actions and helping individuals develop their skills through personalised coaching, the Mena Speakers team work round the clock and behind the scenes and have been achieving these traits for over 7 years now.

From industry experts to seasoned professionals, the company’s roster has the perfect blend of talented speakers who can meet the speaking requirements for any event, anywhere on the globe as we continually widen our network around the world. Some of these experts include Mohammed El Erian, Nouriel Roubini, James Taylor, Dhiraj Mukherjee, David Meltzer, Eriq Qualman, just to name a few.

It represents sports icons and celebrities. We work with the likes of Serena Williams, Mathew Knowles, Tom Brady, Marc Randolph Kevin O’ Leary and Hala Gorani just to name a few.

Saana Azzam, CEO of Mena Speakers, says: “It is our pleasure to provide the exclusive access from the Arab world to the rest of the world but also, the other way around. This creates a seamless platform for the exchange of growth and knowledge. We, as humans, always have so much to learn from each other and conversations are a great platform for that type of inspiration.”



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