Scale2Dubai | Global Entrepreneurship Programme | District 2020

District 2020’s
global entrepreneur


A curated Innovation ecosystem

Be part of District 2020’s innovation ecosystem through Scale2Dubai. Here, District 2020’s physical and digital infrastructure will allow you to ideate and innovate within smart industries while supporting cross-industry collaboration with government, Fortune 500 companies, accelerators, incubators, and research entities.

Flexible working spaces to meet your changing needs

Work in flexible commercial offices and co-working spaces that encourage collaboration between like-minded innovators, and facilitates knowledge exchange and research and development.

Your business will have access to everything it needs to thrive, including deal flow, funding, talent, banking services, IT infrastructure, and more.

A smart and sustainable urban community

District 2020 will provide a human-centric environment to ensure those who live and work here benefit from an advanced, tech-enabled space integrated with wellness amenities and hospitality and entertainment venues.

Our programme benefits

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2 Years Free

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2 Years

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2 Years
Subsidised Urban Living

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Access to
Special Rates for
Service Providers

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Equity free

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Calendar of Social &
Networking Events

Be a part of Scale2Dubai

Scale2Dubai is an ambitious and inclusive programme accepting hundreds of regional and global applicants.

If you are a small business or start-up looking to scale your business in Dubai and the MEASA region, register your interest today. Priority will be given to businesses that align with District 2020’s key sectors and technologies.

If you’re an Accelerator, Incubator, Chamber of Commerce or SME Authority, you can support your network of startups and small businesses in scaling and going global. Contact us for partnership opportunities.

Applications for Cohort 1 & 2 are closed. Register your interest in future Cohorts by clicking the 'Register Your Interest' button on the right.



Key sectors

Smart cities
Smart logistics  
Smart mobility
Industry 4.0


Artificial intelligence (AI)
Big data
3D printing
Internet of things (IoT)
Any other advanced technologies

Work in flexible offices and co-working spaces that encourage collaboration and growth


Scale2Dubai will welcome
its first cohort in October 2022.


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The Future of Expo 2020 Dubai
District 2020 will be a new urban development in the UAE and the region that’s focused squarely on curating a global innovation ecosystem and an integrated community lifestyle.
Curation is fundamental to District 2020’s success and a cornerstone of the innovation ecosystem’s role in Dubai’s future.
Today marks the seventh World Cities Day. Under the overarching theme of Better City, Better Life and the subtheme of Valuing our communities and cities,
We recently announced that Siemens, one of our key anchor tenants, will grow its presence at District 2020 following the signing of a 10-year lease agreement for two buildings.

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