ADIO, Maven Global Access unveil Abu Dhabi expansion program for US companies

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and Maven Global Access, a UAE-based global expansion expert, have launched “Access Abu Dhabi,” a program that will offer US companies a bridge to the fast-growing Middle East region through Abu Dhabi with a variety of customized incentives and support.

In recent years, the Abu Dhabi government has increased its efforts to promote economic growth in the region by developing and attracting the best and brightest entrepreneurs, as well as establishing an ecosystem that ensures businesses have access to the tools and resources they need to succeed.

US companies participating in Access Abu Dhabi will benefit from the emirate’s commitment to growth through a host of benefits including introductions to key stakeholders, one-on-one counsel and guidance from an advisory board led by program ambassador Mr. Kevin O’Leary and UAE insiders, and setup support.

As part of the program, selected delegations of notable Americans will get an inside look at Abu Dhabi’s advanced infrastructure, hyper-connectivity, competitive talent pool, world-class lifestyle, and a myriad of business opportunities. These key groups will help spread the word of the emirate’s advantages among their respective communities back home.

Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa
Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa

“As part of Abu Dhabi’s vision to support ambitious businesses cultivating innovative, globally exportable solutions, we’re excited to welcome US businesses, particularly female and minority-led companies, to our enabling business environment. Access Abu Dhabi is an empowering initiative reflective of the emirate’s inclusive nature and desire to serve as a gateway for business expansion to the Middle East in our increasingly globalized world.”

Access Abu Dhabi’s inaugural envoy will take place from 21st-23rd November, coinciding with Fintech Abu Dhabi organized by the international financial center and global tech ecosystem enabler Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

The diverse group will explore various business opportunities and tech intersections between industries, including sports and finance. Manchester United soccer legend Mr. Patrice Evra, NBA champion Mr. Metta World Peace and NBA superstar Mr. Kevin Durant’s mother, Ms. Wanda Durant will be in attendance.

Female delegates moving the needle in the tech world include Halycon’s Ms. Kate Goodall, while actor and founder of The Black Wall Street App, Ms. Hill Harper, will explore further tech opportunities in Abu Dhabi.

Ms. Sarah Omolewu, Managing Partner of Maven Global Access and Founder of Access Abu Dhabi remarked that “People are often surprised and inspired when I tell the story of how female-led businesses from all over the world are thriving in the UAE and Abu Dhabi. I founded Access Abu Dhabi to help lead the way for other women and minorities looking to turn their ambitions for international growth into reality.”

Access Abu Dhabi is one of ADIO’s initiatives to support global companies seeking expansion to the emirate. ADIO offers a range of programs and incentives, including investor care services and the $545 million Innovation Program, to help businesses achieve long-term, sustainable success in the market and across the region.

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