UAE Tech Podcast: Dorian Barak on Israel-UAE Tech Investment & the Abraham Accords

Published October 13th, 2020 - 06:36 GMT
Dorian Barak is a prominent investor, fund manager, and entrepreneur based in Israel /Al Bawaba
Dorian Barak is a prominent investor, fund manager, and entrepreneur based in Israel /Al Bawaba

This week we’re talking with Dorian Barak, a prominent investor and fund-manager based in Israel. Earlier this year Dorian founded the UAE-Israel Business Council to explore opportunities for investment between the two countries.

With the passing of the Abraham Accords in September 2020, collaboration and integration between two of the region’s most globalized economies is suddenly possible. Until recently, such collaboration existed only behind closed doors.
 


American-born and educated at Yale, Oxford and UCLA, Dorian has managed venture capital and equity funds out of Israel and around the world. He has also worked with the business community in the UAE, prior to the signing of the accords. As such, he is uniquely well positioned to provide insights and analysis on the journey ahead with specific reference to the technology industry.

In this episode Dorian explains how Israel offers deep tech experience in areas such as computer vision and automated mobility, hosting companies such as MobileEye. Israel could assist the UAE in implementing world-leading renewable solutions, new agricultural methods in terms of “high-intensity vertical agriculture” requiring less land and less water, as well as in cutting-edge digital health services.

 

Israel could assist the UAE in implementing world-leading renewable solutions, new agricultural methods in terms of “high-intensity vertical agriculture” requiring less land and less water, as well as in cutting-edge digital health services. 

At the same time, the discussion explores how the UAE can provide Israeli entrepreneurs and businesses with access to the Indian-Ocean Basin alongside geographic proximity to their head offices.

UAE based logistics solutions, and capabilities in infrastructure and construction are mentioned, as are Abu Dhabi based sovereign wealth funds, which might serve as vehicles for shared projects on high-end technologies in the future.

Abu Dhabi based sovereign wealth funds, which might serve as vehicles for shared projects on high-end technologies in the future

The potential for the Abraham Accords to accelerate the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the UAE is significant. This episode considers how that potential can be realized - and what the journey ahead might look like.

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