The Nordic Innovation Hub is now fully operational!

During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week we celebrated the opening of the “Hub” and the cooperation between Green Business Norway and Nordic Innovation.

Nordic Innovation Hub was formed after the Nordic Council of Ministers provided a mandate to assist Nordic companies within the Cleantech sector in exploring their opportunities to the UAE and wider Gulf region. The “Hub” provides a collaboration arena where experience can shared and a space managed by specialists in the clean technology industry is available. Nordic Innovation Hub is based in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s growing cluster for cleantech companies.

More importantly, the hub provides support for companies to assess their opportunities in the green technology market in the UAE. With this blog, we aim to reach out and maintain communication with companies internationally and form an online arena to exchange ideas and news on the topics of innovation and sustainability. Click on the follow us button on the right and keep up to date with news and our progress. If you have any comments, ideas or just want to say hello and pop in the office for a coffee, send us an email on, we’ll be happy to meet you!

Our work now is to continue strengthening the Nordic network and foster Cooperation with the aim of minimizing the risk taking for companies internationalization effort. We are also excited today that our kick-off event has resulted in 3 companies already signing up to join the “Hub”!

Among those, and celebrated in the second event, is Green Business Norway (GBN), whose Business Intelligence Programme (BIP) has been instrumental in bringing Nordic Technologies to the UAE. The GBN BIP programme aims to proactively identify market opportunities in the UAE and wider Gulf region and engage Nordic companies within the cleantech industries in providing solutions tailor made for the local market. The programme for the Gulf region already holds great promise and has major success in China and Poland.

Mr. Thor Sverre Minnesjord presenting GBN’s Business Intelligence Programme

The events hosted 30 participants from small and large Nordic and UAE companies including ABB and Aqualyng and we were honoured by the presence of 3 Nordic Ambassadors, H.E. Mrs. Riitta Swan, Ambassador of Finland, H.E. Mr. Jan Thesleff, Ambassador of Sweden and H.E. Mr. Jens Eikaas, Ambassador of Norway who all expressed their enthusiasm and willingness to support the “Hub”!

The three Ambassadors taking photos and tweeting about the opening!

Representatives from Innovation Norway, Finnpro and Business Sweden, were also present and keen to collaborate for the success of Nordic business expansion in the region! We look forward to keeping up this momentum in working with Nordic companies and in being part of their journey in exploring and becoming established in the UAE!

Participants were given a tour of Masdar City
The event concluded with lunch and networking at our office