Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub to be launched in Dubai
AstroLabs Dubai to open by April 2015
Google for Entrepreneurs will launch its first Tech Hub in Dubai early next year and has selected AstroLabs Dubai as the newest member of its global Tech Hub network, making it the only Google-partnered hub in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The new AstroLabs Dubai hub will feature an advanced mobile device development lab, co-designed with Google for Entrepreneurs, to enable startups to build apps for the highest smartphone penetration markets globally.
Bridgette Beam, Senior Manager at Google for Entrepreneurs, said, "The AstroLabs founders are experienced entrepreneurs who know how to accelerate the growth of early stage companies. We see enormous potential for them to help startups across MENA take their ideas to the global stage."
The hub, which will be a collaborative co-working space and educational centre based in Dubai's DMCC Free Zone, will aim to attract tech entrepreneurs from across the globe seeking to access high-growth emerging markets.
Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of the DMCC, commented, "We welcome Dubai's first tech hub to the DMCC Free Zone. Dubai is a city built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs inspired by the strength and vision of the leadership of the Emirate, and projects like the AstroLabs Dubai launch reflect the caliber of startups that make this vision a reality. As these startups grow and flourish we hope to see them join the future powerhouses of large corporates and multinationals destined to see DMCC's ‘Burj 2020 District' as their new business address."
In-house experts in user experience design, digital marketing, and operational optimisation will be based in the 6,500 square foot facility which will include a large training space, a café, and will be set on a promenade overlooking a park.
AstroLabs Founding Partner, Muhammed Mekki, added, "With AstroLabs Dubai we aim to put Dubai on the global entrepreneurial map as the best base for high-growth startups to access emerging markets and to play a direct role in fostering more successful tech entrepreneurship within the MENA region."