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About the Innovation Hub

DIFC Innovation Hub, the largest innovation community in the region, is home to more than 500 growth-stage tech firms, established innovation companies, digital labs, venture capital firms, regulatorsand educational entities. This thriving facility aims to generate new economic value by fostering innovation, enterprise and talent across various sectors, especially in the future-oriented industries. 


Raising unicorns

DIFC Innovation Hub is home to the first and largest financial technology accelerator in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. It is the only place to be if you are a FinTech, InsurTech, RegTech, Islamic FinTech startup looking to capitalise on unlimited opportunities and get your product or solution in front of the region's most established financial service organisations.

If you want to grow your startup and further FinTech innovation, we have everything you need including accelerator programmes, licensing, co-working support, community of like-minded individuals and an enabling regulatory framework.  

Our offering

Leading accelerator programme co-created with Financial Industry partners
Co-working space in DIFC, MEASA's leading international financial centre
Fit-for purpose regulation by the DFSA, including regulatory sandbox scheme (Innovation Testing License)
Events and networking opportunities with community of like-minded individuals
Marketing and PR exposure
Network of partnerships with international accelerators and associations
Workshops and support from partner network
Access to investor network, including DIFC'S USD 100M FinTech Fund

Our team

Chief Executive Officer, DIFC Innovation Hub

Mohammad Alblooshi

About DIFC

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of US$ 8 trillion. With a 20-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, the Centre connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai. DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of more than 29,700 professionals working across over 4,000 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region. The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance.  Today, it offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups. Comprising a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art and culture scene, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations.



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