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Dubai Health Authority awards $6.5m contracts to SMEs

The Dubai Health Authority has awarded contracts worth Dh24 million ($6.5 million) to Emirati entrepreneurs in the last three and a half year, falling under the small and medium enterprise (SMEs) classification, according to a top officials.

Eman Khalfan Al Jallaf, director of purchasing and contracts department at the DHA, said that in line with the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the DHA’s purchasing department has prioritised incentivising and supporting Emirati run SMEs with an aim to create an attractive business environment for UAE nationals to increase their presence in the business sector and enhance their role in supporting the sustainable development of the country.

The SMEs provided services across all fields of expertise such as medical equipment, security services and IT, she said.

The DHA provided various incentives such as asking these companies that sign a three-year contract with the DHA to provide only ten per cent of the cost for the first year, towards performance guarantee, instead of three years, said Al Jallaf.

“This allows companies to get more projects with various government entities as it reduces their expenses to a significant extent,” she said.

The purchasing department regularly plans incentives for such SME’s with an aim to support the national economy, she added. – TradeArabia News Service

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