In a relatively short period of time Dublin’s economy has developed into one which is mainly led by the services industry. There’s a diverse landscape built on foreign direct investment and indigenous companies working within various industries. Our primary industry sectors are:

ICT/Digital

Dublin has become a thriving tech hub, with the ICT and digital sector in Dublin now a leading driver in the region’s economy. Dublin boasting 9 out of the top 10 global ICT companies and an ever expanding list of innovative tech startup companies. If you want to learn more about Dublin Tech Companies check out TechIreland and search keyword ‘Dublin’.

Creative

Dublin has always been a city steeped in creativity and culture. Historically we are known for our writers, poets and artists. We are a city which evokes the use of imagination and the development of ideas. Dublin’s laid back attitude to business has led to the arts, culture and creative industries to become vital components of our economy. Creative industries is an encompassing term which includes a wide range of business, from arts, craft and design to advertising, media and gaming.

Financial Services

Dublin is Ireland’s Financial Services sector hub and the Irish Financial Service Centre (IFSC) on the banks of the River Liffey is the main focal point. Established in 1987 by the Irish Government, the IFSC today is now home to some of the world’s foremost Financial Services institutions, supplemented with a surrounding ecosystem which contains a sophisticated support network including accountancy, legal actuarial, taxation, regulatory and telecommunications. More recently Dublin has seen strong growth in emerging sectors like GreenTech, FinTech and plays an important role in the global aircraft leasing and finance industry. For more, visit idaireland.com.

Tourism

Dublin holds a special place in many hearts throughout the world, with approximately 4 million visitors coming to Dublin in 2014 alone. The city’s tourism industry has become a fundamental part of the region’s economy, driving growth in a wide variety of crossover sectors such as food/drink, accommodation, retail and numerous creative and cultural industries. For more, visit visitdublin.com.

How Dublin works: Nobó

Dublin company Nobó launched its ‘Frozen Goodness’ dairy-free and gluten-free ice cream four years ago. It’s gathered a bunch of prestigious awards since then and is distributed nationwide in Ireland. You’ll also find it in stores across the UK – and in Waitrose in the Dubai Mall. Dublin.ie talked to the husband and wife team behind the brand, Rachel and Brian Nolan. Dublin.ie: Nobó isn’t some marketing gimmick, is it? It’s a real innovation. Rachel: Definitely it is in terms of the ingredients. There are other dairy-free ice-cr

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How Dublin Works: DCU Alpha

If you're not entirely sure what the Internet of Things is, or if you haven't even heard of it yet, that's alright. Gentle warning, however: you'd be advised to get on board with the concept at your earliest possible convenience because the Internet of Things, or the IoT, will change everything as we know it, including how we live and work. Essentially, the IoT is a connection of devices to the internet, whether that's your washing machine or your house alarm and everything will be ‘talking’ to the other. On a micro level, that might mean that your alarm clock will tell your coffee machine that it's time to start brewing a pot when you get up; on a macro level the possibilities are infinite, including making cities smarter.

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Building Dublin’s Food Chain

Attention Dubliners: we’re incredibly lucky to inhabit a city with such foodie inclinations and a culinary largesse. Right now, Dublin offers an exquisite blend of Michelin-starred fare, outstanding street food, hipster eateries and friendly local restaurants. And let’s not forget the evolution of our drink culture either. We were once a city of avowed tea drinkers and pint lovers; we’re now as au fait with cocktails and customised artisan coffee blends as any seasoned mixologist or barista – and loving them. We’ve also fully embraced the juicing phenomenon, but still find time for a cuppa. Or three.

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