Date of Award
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Maqsood Ahmad Sandhu
Mohamad Abdul Rauf
Business incubators have shown as a practical approach for enhancing entrepreneurial success in several countries. In the UAE, the National Innovation Strategy has determined business incubation as one of the enablers for nurturing entrepreneurs and support their ventures. However, due to the novelty of incubators in the country, few incubators have been established and sustained. This study aims to determine the factors that may affect the success of incubators and examine their expected roles at the micro and macro level in the UAE. Due to the limited relevant population, this research adopted a mix-methodology combining thematic analysis for the interview method as well as descriptive, correlation, and regression analysis for the survey questionnaire. The study targeted five categories of incubators' stakeholders in the UAE and supported by 14 research hypotheses. The results showed that incubators would be successful when they could graduate entrepreneurs establish, and sustain start-ups in the market, while the success factors of incubators were found to be related to four internal (e.g., commercialization activities) and four external (such as government support) factors. Also, nurturing entrepreneurs, creating jobs, and contributing to the local economy were the main expected roles of incubators in the UAE.
The research proposed a conceptual framework of incubations’ success, which enables the government to address the challenges faced by incubated entrepreneurs as well as help different type of incubators to operate across the economic sectors in the country. The study recommends having a conducive bylaw that supports incubators and allocates incentives for their incubated entrepreneurs in order to attract more entrepreneurs to the country. Besides that, the study recommends building systemized collaboration between the stakeholders of incubators through which it promotes entrepreneurial practices in the UAE. Moreover, the study suggests developing helpful guidelines to govern the entry/exit criteria, funding mechanism, and programmes at the incubators. Finally, the study suggests conducting individual studies for identifying each success factor, as well as case studies on university-based incubators in the UAE
Abdallah Al Ameeri, Fareed Mahmoud, "The Success Factors of Business Incubators to Promote Entrepreneurial Practices in the UAE" (2019). Business Administration Dissertations. 6.