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The SME Insights Forum: A Roadmap for Success
7 June 2022
Digital Event | 14:00 - 17:00 (GST)

7 June 2022
Digital Event | 14:00 - 17:00 (GST)

The SME Insights Forum: A Roadmap For Success

Catalysing SME Growth in the Region

This series aim at connecting the burgeoning SME sector in the region with a wide spectrum of relevant topics that explore current business opportunities and allow business to identify and navigate challenges that they are likely to face.

SME Development - Critical for the Region

The World Bank estimates that 600 million jobs will be needed by 2030 to absorb the growing global workforce, making SME development a high priority for governments worldwide.

According to the UAE Ministry of Economy, the SME sector represents more than 94 percent of the total number of companies operating in the country and provides jobs for more than 86 percent of the private sector’s workforce. In Dubai alone, SMEs make up nearly 95 percent of all companies, employing 42 percent of the workforce and contributing around 40 percent to Dubai’s GDP.

Navigating the current SME landscape

Examine both the macro and micro landscape of SMEs and their contribution to the regional economy. Join us as we touch upon key constraints across access to finance, adoption of technology and staying relevant in changing times...


Finance, funding and cashflow challenges

Access to market and key trends

Digitalisation and adopting technology

Compliance: legal and ESG

Innovation & strategic leadership

Entrepreneurship, business resilience & branding

Nurturing SMEs in the GCC

Recently, Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), UAE, confirmed that supporting SMEs is a top priority in the Ministry’s agenda and ensuring the growth of the national economy in the future.

Overall, local entrepreneurs received over Dhs630 million worth of incentives and support from Dubai SME since its inception in 2002. The total number of Emirati entrepreneurs supported to date by Dubai SME also increased to 38,565 by the end of 2019.


2022 will be another year of continued change as consumer demands evolve and SMEs remain a focal point on the ministry's agenda. 

However, access to finance remains a crucial challenge that SMEs continue to battle. High collateral requirements, high rejection rates, informal finance and challenges for enterprises with intangible assets are still an uphill struggle.

Join us as we examine upcoming trends, challenges and opportunities for SMEs this coming year.

Why Attend:

This is your premium access to market your services to pre-qualified clients that are guaranteed to positively impact your bottom line and grow your business.

Opportunity to conduct market research and benchmark against your peers, allowing you to strengthen your value proposition and empower you to close business-critical deals in an instant!

Immerse yourself in exclusive content and access expert insights from leading incubators, potential investors, and business strategists to simplify your fundraising process, enabling you to take your services/products to market faster.

An in-depth understanding of the regulatory framework impacting your business set-up, allowing you to successfully navigate potential roadblocks offering you operational ease.