Dubai Silicon Oasis. Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News

Dubai: The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) will set up a new office at the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) headquarters to further enhance ease of doing business within the integrated free zone technology park.

The two entities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further facilitate the delivery of smart services to investors, entrepreneurs and startups, particularly homegrown entities, and help them develop their businesses in areas such as technology, AI, and smart city applications.

The new GDRFA office at the DSOA headquarters will provide government services directly to DSO-based entrepreneurs and investors.

This is aligned with Dubai’s Smart Government Strategy and the UAE Vision 2021 to ensure the protection of intellectual property and enhance creative thinking skills and applications, while boosting cooperation in the scientific, training and professional fields as well as the exchange of expertise in legal, technical and administrative matters.

Dr Mohammad Al Zarouni, Vice-Chairman and CEO of DSOA, signed the MoU with Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General, GDRFA.

“Our agreement is one way of bringing entities together and joining ventures to achieve the UAE’s Strategy and Vision 2021. We hope to build an attractive ecosystem, and innovative work environment for creative entrepreneurs and rising businesses that will make Dubai a home for their operations. We continue to join efforts to develop a generation of leaders that will build the future of the UAE,” said Major General Al Merri.

For his part, Dr Al Zarouni said DSOA is committed to growing and developing its services according to the Smart Dubai initiative, which aims to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.

“We continue to work towards DSO’s strategy to become the first integrated smart city in Dubai while proactively looking to gain valuable expertise from other renowned entities. Such partnerships are crucial to DSOA and its business partners for they ease the operations of existing businesses and make it more attractive for investors, entrepreneurs, and startups to establish their creative and commercial projects at the integrated hi-tech park,” he said.