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Mouawiya Alawad, Zayed University

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International Journal of Entrepreneurship

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In recent years, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has evolved into a global epicenter for innovation and startups, driven by a surge in entrepreneurial activities among its youth population. This transformation is fueled by a combination of government initiatives, a burgeoning startup culture, and changing perceptions of entrepreneurship. This article delves into the intricate evolution of youth entrepreneurship in the UAE, analyzing the key drivers behind this trend. The UAE's economic landscape and government initiatives form a robust foundation for its thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Favorable economic conditions, coupled with a commitment to diversification and business-friendly policies, position the UAE as a global leader in fostering innovation. The article highlights the significance of economic diversification, ease of doing business, and strategic support for startups in this trajectory. Education plays a pivotal role in shaping the entrepreneurial landscape, with UAE institutions actively incorporating entrepreneurship into curricula and establishing innovation hubs. The collaboration between academia and industry ensures a continuous pipeline of skilled entrepreneurs ready to tackle real-world challenges. Moreover, government support programs, exemplified by Dubai SME, play a central role by providing financial aid, training, and mentorship to small and medium-sized enterprises. Additionally, technology and innovation hubs, represented by Dubai Internet City, contribute significantly by providing essential infrastructure, collaborative spaces, and support services to startups. Youth entrepreneurship initiatives, including the UAE Youth Hub, Sheraa's Ibtikari, and the Hult Prize UAE, take center stage in empowering young entrepreneurs through mentorship, funding opportunities, and collaborative platforms. The article also addresses the challenges faced by young entrepreneurs, such as securing funding, navigating market competition, and understanding regulations. Testimonials from successful entrepreneurs underscore the instrumental role of government-backed programs and strategic approaches in overcoming these challenges, showcasing the transformative potential of youth-led innovation in the UAE's dynamic business environment.










Youth Entrepreneurship, UAE, Government Initiatives, Innovation Hubs, Economic Diversification

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