The UAE government and public institutions have programs for farmers who are willing to develop and implement CEA technologies in agriculture in the Emirates. The government offers subsidies for seeds, fertilizers and pesticides; there are also loans for the purchase of machinery and equipment.
The combination of political will and private sector innovation is giving rise to an extraordinary surge in agricultural technology initiatives, all headed towards enhancing food self-sufficiency. Creation of a business environment, parks for FoodTech companies like Food Tech Valley
(Dubai) and the AgTech Park (Abu Dhabi) is also accelerating the development of high-tech agriculture and, particularly, vertical farming.
Another leading player is Hub71
, the largest global tech ecosystem of the Gulf region. Hub71 is a flagship initiative of the "Ghadan 21" economic accelerator program led by Mubadala Investment Company and backed by the Government of Abu Dhabi. In 2022, iFarm was selected
to join their incentive program as a vertical farming startup to develop high-tech agritechnologies in the area.