Year of the 50th

UAE allocates Dh5 billion to support Emirati projects

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on September 5, 2021
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'Project 5Bn' aims to support young citizens in the business environment

Emirati entrepreneurs no longer have to worry about getting funding for their start-up businesses.

The UAE Government on Sunday announced its plans to allocate Dh5 billion to support Emirati projects in priority sectors to help facilitate the goals of the Projects of the 50.

Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, said: “We have realised that financing is one of the challenges facing start-up or early-stage Emirati companies, and we hope that ‘Project 5Bn’ will underline the priority we put on supporting young citizens in the business environment.”

Project 5Bn is part of the Emirates Development Bank’s April 2021 allocation of Dh30 billion to help accelerate industrial development, adopt advanced technology, and support entrepreneurship and innovation by 2025.

The project aims to support the wider mission of increasing productivity, enhancing the industrial sector’s contribution to GDP and creating job opportunities for UAE’s citizens.

“Supporting emerging Emirati businesses follows a forward-looking vision to diversify the economy and improve competitiveness, considering that SMEs in the UAE constitute a major part of the national economy,” said Dr Al Jaber.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for over ten years. For Khaleej Times, she covers NRI affairs, civil aviation, and immigration issues among other things. She completed her BA in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008 and is currently pursuing her MA in Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media at the American University in Dubai. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves food, and is mom to an over-enthusiastic Labrador retriever. Tweet at her @shootsprintrite.

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