Dubai Silicon Oasis

A free-trade zone established by the Dubai government in 2003



Dubai Silicon Oasis is a free-trade zone established by the Dubai government in 2003. It houses a business and residential community and contains an integrated smart city project, Dubai Digital Park. The total area of the DSO is 7.2 square kilometres.


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. In 2006, the infrastructure of the DSO establishment was completed and recognised as a free zone. 

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. 

In 2018, DSOA established Dubai's first integrated smart city project, the Dubai Digital Park. 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.


DSO's mission is to develop a fully integrated and sustainable community through innovation and technology.


DSO envisages the elaboration of a smart community.

Key Team

Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni (Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer)

Recognition and Awards
DSOA won status awards of Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre (Dtec) for the Best Emerging Companies Program for 2017 and the Best Business Incubator/Accelerator for 2017 for Dubai Smart Cities Accelerator at the Arabian Business Awards for Emerging Companies.

Dubai Silicon Oasis
Leadership team

Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni (Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer)



Products/ Services
e-services, IT services, in-house government services, client support, start-up incubation and advisory
Number of Employees
100 - 500
Dubai, UAE
20M - 100M
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