"We must plant the seeds today for future generations and prosper tomorrow"
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum


Programming is the Operating System of AREA 2071.

Our goal in programming is to build and attract a diverse set of programs that serve and help achieve our objectives.

Our interactive platform skillfully attracts global accelerators programs such as Techstars and Microsoft AI Venture Labs with the aim of nurturing startups, entrepreneurs and innovators in technology, AI and other sectors from around the globe to co-create and reinvent the future and solve global challenges.

Current Programs


Application Deadline: 3rd July 2020, 11.59pm (GMT+4)

A startup with innovative tech? We are looking for you! Hurry up for a chance to change the future of aviation now!

Our Challenges

Carbon Negative Aviation Industry

With the aviation industry growing by the day, total CO2 emission worldwide is also soaring at alarming rates. Experts believe this will have a negative impact on our planet, and will ultimately restrict travel!

What we are looking for

A breakthrough innovation that is the next solution to reduce CO2 emission levels to a minimum of 100gm per passenger-km traveled by 2030.

Airport to Airportal

With airports ever growing in size, the range and diversity of offerings exploding, and travel behavior changing, new challenges continue to evolve. With that in mind, the current model of airports, with minimum restructuring in the last 80 years, is a barrier to the enhancement of travel experience, and decreasing the amount of time wasted (133 minutes on average).

What we are looking for

Disrupting the current airport models to allow for a unified global land-air-land system that ensures a maximum of 10 minutes for transition landside to airside/airside to landside.


Application Deadline: TBC

Procter & Gamble (P&G) in partnership with AREA 2071 is launching a unique challenge with the objective to identify creative and innovative solutions to measure and track online and offline advertisements; with specific focus on the middle eastern markets.

Previous Programs


Established as a trading business over 85 years ago, Al-Futtaim has fostered its people-first approach to become a truly diverse customer-centric company that harnesses a solid heritage of entrepreneurship to always add value and improve the overall consumer experience.


Procter and Gamble’s (P&G) I-Dubai in partnership with AREA 2071 is launching the first micro-credit challenge for emerging markets in the region. P&G is looking for solutions that enable the small retailer in building financial credibility and improve their business model.

Dubai Future Accelerators

Dubai Future Accelerators facilitates partnerships between entrepreneurs, private sector organizations and government entities to co-create solutions.



Techstars Dubai Accelerator

Techstars Dubai Accelerator in partnership with GINCO is the premier accelerator in the MENA region. GINCO Group is a leading construction engineering conglomerate developing Dubai’s skyline since 1975.

Microsoft AI Venture Labs

Microsoft AI Venture Labs is a three-month program that aims to support AI startups with global expansion as well as product development through professional services that will be provided by dedicated team to grow every aspect of their startup.