The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of tourism in Dubai, and they are looking for new ways to work with startups!

There is a drive for tourism to be a more inclusive experience for visitors; and an increase in tourist attraction openings around Dubai, which presents new opportunities in the complete tourist journey. DTCM is looking for ways to continue supporting growth in the tourism industry, make it easier for tourists to plan their trips, and incorporate new technologies.

To anticipate and accommodate the opportunities and advances in tourism, Dubai Tourism, Emaar Hospitality Group and Atlantis Hotel are launching the Futurism Challenge. This program will activate the startup community and uncover those technologies that will help transform the tourism experience in Dubai.

Twenty applicants will be selected to pitch on stage at GITEX Future Stars, the largest technology event in The Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The winners will be selected to receive a 50,000 AED cash prize and invited to participate in the four week incubator. DTCM and its partners will actively be serving as mentors to teach the startups about their business challenges, identify pilots and investment opportunities. This program will be the perfect opportunity for participants to work on specific challenges, sponsored by corporations, with the potential to have a strategic partnership, pilot or contract with one of the sponsoring corporations.

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