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Bio Technology : July 2009
AusBioINTERNATIONAL United Arab Emirates By DuBiotech UAE’s biotech industry is still in its infancy, where its economic contribution is not well assessed. However, the establishment of DuBiotech by the Dubai government is in line with its 2015 strategy to create a knowledgebased sustainable economy with the biotechnology and healthcare sectors as major contributors to its growth. Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) is the Middle East’s first and foremost Science and Business Park dedicated to global Life Science. It is a hub fostering collaborations and innovation through its commitment to Life Science research, education and industry nationally and internationally. DuBiotech, upon completion, will cover 30 million square feet of built-up area. It is strategically positioned in a prime location in Dubai. The 22-million square-feet park is divided into zones that are dedicated to various initiatives and companies of all sizes from across the life-science value chain, with an emphasis on research, development and manufacturing. DuBiotech operates under a streamlined regulatory framework that maintains oversight and control over activities and procedures within the Park while allowing the required freedom for its tenants to operate without a burdensome bureaucracy. DuBiotech has developed the applicable, relevant, and appropriate regulatory framework for the Park that establishes operational criteria and practices based on international standards. Government regulations have been streamlined for a business-friendly environment with transparency ranked in the top 30, worldwide. Core capabilities include: • Laboratory facilities that fit the operation of P1, P2 and P3 labs; • Regulations in-line with international best standards and practices, coupled with strong IP law; • Relatively inexpensive highly-skilled workforce. Regional universities are active in research. UAE University is ranked in the top ten of the Middle East universities in terms of research productivity with special focus on biomedical and agricultural research. Volume 19 • Number 2 • July 2009 Australasian BioTechnology 45 Dubai is one of the seven emirates that constitute United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the eastern Arabian Peninsula, thus forming a federal framework. Dubai has the largest population and is the second largest emirate by area, after Abu Dhabi, the capital. Revenues from petroleum and natural gas contribute to less than three percent of Dubai’s US$46b economy (2006). Dubai and the UAE are characterised by a very low crime rate and a long history of economic and political stability. Dubai’s emerging industries are built on the basis of leading-edge technologies and sound regulatory systems. The government has shown strong commitment to the protection of intellectual property rights.