TBY talks to Marwan Abdulaziz, Executive Director, Dubai Science Park (DSP), on the sector.

Marwan Abdulaziz

DSP is currently building DSP Headquarters for commercial offices to complement its portfolio of products. What value does this offer current and potential companies?

Our aim is to attract companies throughout the entire value chain, from startups to manufacturers. Looking at the value chain, there is a need for laboratories to develop new ideas, which we accommodate in our Laboratory Complex, as well as a dedicated area for manufacturing. Subsequently, businesses need warehouses to store their products, and offices will be located in the headquarter towers, providing a platform for each step of the value chain. Also, we actively support SMEs. In addition to an economical SME package, we connect them to more established companies and to policymakers and regulatory authorities

What are the key landmarks for DSP in the next two quarters?

Our first short-term goal is to open our new headquarters in 2017. Secondly, we have been nominated to chair the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2021, a government initiative focused on six sectors: aerospace, maritime, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, aluminum and fabricated metals, fast moving consumer goods, and machinery and equipment. Committees with free zones and a government support team have been established for each sector.