Dubai Silicon Oasis
واحة دبي للسيليكون‎
City and Urban
Other transcription(s)
Nickname(s): 
DSO
Coordinates: 25°07′27″N 055°22′52″E / 25.12417°N 55.38111°E / 25.12417; 55.38111Coordinates: 25°07′27″N 055°22′52″E / 25.12417°N 55.38111°E / 25.12417; 55.38111
Country UAE
Establishment2003
Area
 • Total7.2 km2 (2.8 sq mi)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total88,000[1]
Websitedsoa.ae

Dubai Silicon Oasis known as DSO (Arabic: واحة دبي للسيليكون) is a free-trade zone established by the Dubai government in 2003, spanning an area of 7.2 square kilometers.

History

In 2003, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, officially announced the Dubai Silicon Oasis to operate under the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority.[2] In 2005, Dubai Silicon Oasis was appointed as an independent authority according to Decree No. 16, and that Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) has received its land spanning an area of 7.2 million square meters, to continue the establishment process of the DSO.[3]

The Dubai Silicon Oasis Headquarters
The Dubai Silicon Oasis Headquarters

In 2006, the infrastructure of the DSO establishment was completed and recognized free zone. In the same year, began the completion of the first phase DSOA's Headquarters, the construction of the 560 Semmer Villas Project, and the completion of the road works, electricity, utilities, and telecommunications network.[4][5][6] In 2015, DSOA established the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), spanning a total area of approximately 60,000 square feet, then expanded the space to 108,000 square feet, thus allowing Dtec to host additional 800 startups. By the end of 2020, the DSOA became the home of more than 900 startups from 72 countries.[7] In 2018, DSOA established Dubai's first integrated smart city project, the Dubai Digital Park (DDP). Spanning an area of 150,000 square meters and comprises 47,000 square meters of office space, 17,000 square meters of retail units, 235 smart residential apartments and more than 5,000 square meters of ready-made and plug and play offices.[8][9][10]

Location

Dubai Silicon Oasis is located in the center of Dubai at the intersection of Dubai–Al-Ain Road and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.[11]

Education

In 2008, DSOA established the Rochester Institute of Technology of Dubai in DSO, a non-profit global campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The university that was established as part of an agreement between DSOA and RIT-New York.[12][13] DSO is also home to 3 schools: GEMS Wellington Academy,[14] The Indian International School - DSO[15] and Vernus International School.[16]

Sponsorship

DSOA has been the jersey sponsor of Shabab Al Ahli Basket.[17]

References

  1. ^ "DSO: Live, work, play and invest in Dubai's only hi-tech community". gulfnews.com.
  2. ^ "مكتوم يصدر قانون إنشاء واحة دبي للسيليكون كسلطة مستقلة - الاقتصادي - البيان". www.albayan.ae (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  3. ^ "Dubai Silicon Oasis granted independence". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  4. ^ دبي, سامح عوض الله-. "«دبي للسيليكون» تسلم ثــــاني مراحل «فلل السدر» في أبريل - اقتصاد - محلي - الإمارات اليوم". www.emaratalyoum.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  5. ^ "500 مليون درهم قيمة مشاريع المباني في «دبي للسيليكون» - الاقتصادي - البيان". www.albayan.ae (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  6. ^ "Size, comfort, safety: why you should live in a villa in Dubai Silicon Oasis". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  7. ^ "Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority revenue hits Dhs544.7 million". www.gulftoday.ae. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  8. ^ "واحة دبي للسيليكون تستقطب 1731 شركة جديدة في 2020 بزيادة 54%". صحيفة الخليج (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  9. ^ "«واحة السيليكون» تفتتح مجمّع دبي الرقمي بـ 1.5 مليار درهم". صحيفة الخليج (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  10. ^ "افتتاح "مجمع دبي الرقمي" باستثمارات 408 ملايين دولار". العربية (in Arabic). 2021-01-17. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  11. ^ "Traffic Congestion Improvement on Cloverleaf Interchange: Dubai - Al Ain Road (E66) and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311)". 2019 Advances in Science and Engineering Technology International Conferences (ASET). March 2019. pp. 1–5. doi:10.1109/ICASET.2019.8714221.
  12. ^ Wam. "Ahmed bin Saeed lays foundation stone of Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai - News - Emirates - Emirates24|7". www.emirates247.com. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  13. ^ "Rochester Institute of Technology to open in Dubai Silicon Oasis". Archived from the original on 2011-04-26.
  14. ^ "A unique pathway to higher education in Dubai". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  15. ^ "أحمد بن سعيد يفتتح مدرسة دولية في واحة السيليكون - عبر الإمارات - تعليم - البيان". www.albayan.ae (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  16. ^ "New American school opens in Dubai despite COVID-19 pandemic". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  17. ^ Shabab Al Ahli - Dubai - FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2019 GBA Qualifiers FIBA, Accessed 10 December 2021.