UAE Set for 10th Annual Investment Meeting

The Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), the world’s leading investment platform, an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is gearing up to mark its 10th edition at Dubai World Trade Center on 24-26 March 2020.

AIM 2020, themed ‘Investing for the Future: Shaping Global Investment Strategies,’ will offer delegates from around 150 countries a unique platform to keep abreast of the latest trends and best practices in investments worldwide.

Registration for the major investment event, which marks a decade in 2020, will soon begin on

Commenting on AIM 2020, HE Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, said, “Breaking our tradition of focusing on FDI, this year we have diversified the AIM portfolio under five pillars to help countries meet challenges that hinder sustainable economic growth. Exploring the possibilities for new avenues of investment to boost the market is the need of the hour, and global economies have to join hands for the future.”

In its latest edition, AIM is going bigger by adopting the multi-featured 5 Pillars – Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Startups, Future Cities, Small & Medium Enterprises, Foreign Portfolio Investment – and One Belt, One Road event; and two community-based activities to support Least Developed Countries. (See *infographics)

The pillars aim at helping participating countries to maximize their opportunities through key features of AIM – Learn, Showcase, Network, Invest, Recognize and Socialize – which will have separate segments such as conferences, exhibitions, workshops, B2B, G2B, G2G meetings, investment roundtables, award distributions and a gala dinner.

Know the 5 Pillars


One of the 5 Pillars of AIM Meeting 2020, the FDI Pillar will help investors to learn more about investment opportunities around the world. As global economies seek new avenues for investment to boost FDI inflows, this pillar will help them explore avenues in traditional as well as new industries. It will also help investors to ensure smooth transition of economy in preferred locations.


This pillar adds value to the entire AIM agenda as it gives investors a platform to diversify their portfolio and helps them to connect with local business organizations by attracting investments in terms of stocks and bonds. AIM believes FPIs can bridge the gap in investment flow by securing an infusion of assets from govt funds, sovereign funds, venture capitals or family businesses. Above all, it is risk-free for investors.


This pillar will help SMEs find new sources of financing solutions as well as access to markets worldwide. According to the World Bank report, there are around 445 million SMEs in the emerging markets, and they contribute up to 60% of total employment and up to 40% of gross domestic product in emerging countries. As SMEs are heterogeneous in nature, this AIM pillar will bring them under one roof.


As startups play a crucial role in strengthening new industries, this AIM Pillar helps investors to raise early stage venture capital or seed funding to start a business. According to reports, the unprecedented rise of startups in recent years will ensure economic growth and sustainability which in turn could support a 9.7 billion population by 2050. This pillar will help investors seeking new projects for investment, as well as governments looking for start-up projects to boost the economy.

Future Cities

As the world gears up for a future identified by smart solutions, AIM has intelligently incorporated Future Cities as one of its 5 Pillars, enabling governments and investors to embrace disruptive innovation that will replace traditional services. As cities worldwide strive to introduce smart solutions to improve the lives of the people, this pillar will help investors, public and private sectors as well as countries.

One Belt, One Road

This AIM special event will unlock huge investment opportunities within China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects. BRI, which was proposed by China in 2013 with the aim of increasing business integrations and increasing trade and stimulating economic growth, is expected to mobilize trillions of dollars for the infrastructure development in emerging market economies across Asia, Africa, Europe, Africa and even Pacific regions. Around 4.4 billion people are expected to benefit from the BRI, which calls for private-public partnership in key sectors.

Business sessions & Forums

AIM 2020 will have three Regional Focus Investment sessions for Latin America, Africa, and Asia regions and three Business Forums with a focus on Latin America-Middle East, Middle East-Asia, and Africa-Middle East, which will unveil the investment opportunities in these regions.

It will also feature three Investment Reports in cooperation with United Nation Economic Commissions for Africa (ECA), Asia (ESCAP) and Latin America (ECLAC) which will give an overview of SMEs and Startups in emerging markets.

Boosting developed countries

Adding more color to the business event, AIM 2020 will have two unique socializing programs to attract more participation from the general public as well as delegates.

The two fundraising activities Fun Run & AIM World Cup 2020 with community participation, mix business with entertainment at the 10th anniversary edition. Revenues generated from the events will go to the AIM Investment Fund aimed at supporting governments in developed countries.

Fun Run will see UAE citizens and residents aged three and up uniting on March 21, 2020 and covering distances of 1.5km, 3km, 5km and 10km, at a walk or sprint.

16 teams, including investors from all continents will take part in the Football Investment World Cup that aims to facilitate socializing between members of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA). Tickets will be made available for the public to watch the friendly tournament which will be held on 21 -22 March 2020.

The Football World Cup will feature in all the future editions of the AIM, a common platform for investors and countries to discover the latest investment trends and opportunities around the world.

The Annual Investment Meeting, the world’s leading investment platform, brings global economies together from 140+ nations, 150+ experts, and around 20K visitors.

30 September 2019 11:39