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    • October 2008 What's Inside DIC NEWS DIC as Key Driver in e-Readiness Leadership DIC Targets Specialized Service Delivery through new Internal Structure TECOM News 3 Wins for TECOM at Dubai Holding Excellence Awards BP NEWS Rubicon Awarded Animation House of the Year Google’s First Middle East Exhibition Presence Recycle Reuse Drive
    • The truth about advertising. It's an open secret that after years of exposure to the onslaught of print, radio, television, outdoor, point-of-sale and direct marketing advertising, consumers are increasingly immune to ads. Google AdWords takes a different approach. AdWords ads only appear to people who are actively seeking information that's relevant to the products and services being advertised. And you only pay when people click on your ad. In other words, you only pay when your advertising works. For more information visit Google at the Dubai Internet City Stand in Gitex,19-23 October 2008. Or visit www.google.com/adwords © 2008 Google Inc. All rights reserved. Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc.
    • Dubai Internet City Cited as Key Driver in UAE’s e-Readiness Leadership Dubai: Dubai Internet City is cited as a key driver to the UAE’s economic transformation, positioning the country as leaders in the MENA region in the global e-readiness rankings, according to a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Dubai’s attempt to build capabilities as a world-class enabler of digital commerce has been achieved primarily through the efforts of TECOM Investments in creating Dubai Internet City, added the EIU report. Malek Sultan Al Malek, Executive Director, Dubai Internet City, said: “These results validate the high quality of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure offered at the IT cluster. “By awarding top honours to the UAE, the report – regarded as one of the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative international assessments - establishes the country as the preferred location for companies looking to invest in the region.” Naming Dubai Internet City as a viable model for ’innovation parks [that are] efficient places to do business’, the report highlighted ‘convenience’ as a key factor contributing to its success in attracting the world’s largest technology firms. Al Malek added: “DIC has built a framework that distinguishes itself from typical technology parks around the world largely due to the priority the UAE government places on creating a holistic Opening comment for DIC Newsletter ‘lifestyle ecosystem’ in the country. Offering a business-friendly environment that extends 100 per cent ownership and full tax Dubai Internet City throughout the last several exemption, Dubai Internet City provides an enabling environment years, has demonstrated qualities that have further for knowledge-based companies to seamlessly extend their solidified our presence in the region, not only as footprint across the region.” pioneers of the ICT industry, but also as members of the corporate community with a strong commitment The UAE scored highly (7.64 points out of 10) with respect to its to meet business partner needs and expectations. readiness to promote and facilitate business, and was awarded 6.20 points for its balanced government policy and vision to While facilitating DIC business partners to focus on manage and allocate resources needed for network operations. their core commercial activities, we work towards A number of key categories were considered to determine the complementing their presence and deliverables e-readiness of each participating country, including connectivity through creating a business-friendly environment. and technology infrastructure; business environment; social and As a managed ICT cluster, we will continue to cultural environment, and consumer and business adoption. introduce new schemes, initiatives, events and The UAE led all other countries in the Middle East and North activities that will help to further nurture the Africa (MENA) region including (listed according to ranking) community and the region with valuable knowledge, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria and Iran. skills and experience. We also look forward to enhancing the range of offerings that new business Elements of the e-readiness report suggest, however, that the UAE partners can leverage to help all of us maintain a needs to raise the education levels of people for further enhancing sustained growth momentum. Internet familiarity and driving digital commerce. I would like to thank Jamal Abdulsalam for his “Education in online processes for digital commerce is something leadership and guidance of the ICT free zone as its that DIC is continuously committed to promoting. We hope that Executive Director for over 2 years. We wish him by working with the government, educational institutions and well in his future aspirations. business partners, we will increase internet-literacy rates across the country,” added Al Malek. We hope you enjoy this issue of our newsletter. Complementing the region’s increasing focus on creating Best regards, knowledge-based economies, Dubai Internet City supports high-tech entrepreneurship and innovation, hosting most of the Malek Al Malek Fortune 500 companies in addition to more than 1,200 specialised Executive Director industry leaders from diverse segments of the information and communication technology sector.
    • Dubai Internet City Targets Specialized export preparation, export facilitation and international trade assistance. In turn, DIC will provide EDC with information and Service Delivery through New Internal support to help to facilitate export growth. Structure “This agreement is another milestone in EDC’s mission to identify Dubai Internet City has ushered in greater specialization and and deliver trade support services to Dubai export businesses,” precision in the delivery of services to Business Partners through said Engr. Saed Al Awadi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Export the establishment of four new divisions within its management Development Corporation. structure. “Dubai has a strong and growing ICT sector and recent research The divisions though specialized in focus, complement the has shown that the UAE is one of the leading countries in the functional requirements of each other to provide a superior Middle East when it comes to ICT spending to reach $15 billion by customer experience and at the same time meet the continuously 2011. Through this agreement, EDC will be positioned to interact evolving needs of customers. directly with ICT companies established at Dubai Internet City and supply them with valuable trade assistance through prioritized The new specialized divisions include: membership access.” Community Services: Headed by Rekha Setpal, this division will EDC services that will be made available to DIC business partners work towards reinforcing relationships with Business Partners will include access to domestic and international market research by providing networking opportunities and unique cluster value intelligence to assist in business planning. EDC and DIC will proposition. also freely exchange information which will assist EDC to access information that enables EDC to evolve new export strategies and Additionally it will manage value added services, knowledge identify new export markets for DIC partners. Consultancy services sharing programmes, business match making and so on to enable and export guides will be tailored specifically to the needs of the sustainable contribution to the community. market segments that DIC’s members are a part of. Commercial Operations: Headed by Majed Al Suwaidi, this “We are delighted to sign this agreement with the Export division will handle the combined functions and responsibilities Development Corporation as it will enhance the support available of the Sales and the PRM teams. It will focus on attracting, to DIC business partners involved in, or considering being registering and retaining Business Partners. Additionally, the involved in, export activities,” said Mr Malek Sultan Al Malek, department will enable Business Partners/investors to deal with a Executive Director, Dubai Internet City. single official right from the initial meeting to the entire life cycle of their operations in DIC. “Access to EDC’s market intelligence services is another way that DIC hopes to add further knowledge-based value to its ICT Facilities: Headed by Kannian Shanmugam, this division will focus community. Through this agreement, our customers will also be on facilities maintenance to control and monitor service providers. provided with the impetus to penetrate profitable markets and add It will be involved in the design of new building projects to another dimension to Dubai’s flourishing international trade”. monitor quality and ensure on-time completion. This department will also facilitate requirements that are necessary for LEED The two organizations plan to promote each other via networking certification. events, shared participation in exhibitions the provision of printed promotional material and mutual website links. As a result of the Marketing – This function is handled by Reem Shaban from partnership, DIC partners will also be invited to participate in the Marketing and Corporate Affairs Department of TECOM EDC’s Exporter Award program. Investments. It will support DIC in setting and achieving its marketing strategic objectives. Dubai Internet City and Dubai Export Development Corporation sign MoU to promote exports of Dubai’s ICT community Dubai Export Development Corporation (EDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai Internet City to enhance the emirate’s economic development through the provision of export support services to businesses based at DIC. The five year agreement involves the establishment of a joint management committee to oversee EDC’s provision of a number of specific services to DIC business partners which will include
    • Dubai Internet City ‘Strategic Sponsor’ Malek Sultan Al Malek inaugurates of the Gitex Technology Week FVC’s first Technology Briefing Centre DIC announced it will be the ‘Strategic Sponsor’ of GITEX in Dubai Internet City Technology Week 2008, the regions foremost ICT event. Malek Sultan Al Malek inaugurated the first Technology Briefing DIC will be participating at GITEX for the eighth consecutive year to showcase its positive year-on-year growth. The show to be held Centre of FVC at Dubai Internet City on Sunday, Aug.31st, 2008. at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19-23 October, will also witness DIC playing host to Google, who FVC is a leading provider of solutions for Rich Media as well will be celebrating their debut presence in one of the largest IT as Networking and Security Solutions in the Middle East and North exhibitions, Intel, the world’s largest semiconductors manufacturer, Africa. as well as its sister entities SmartCity and eHosting DataFort and Sponsor Dubai First at its stand in concourse 2. The new facility in DIC will showcase top of the range tele- During the event, DIC will organise daily presentations to be presence systems in a special Executive Briefing Centre. A separate offered by experts on the role of venture capital in the ICT sector Technology Preview Centre will house key technologies from and the immense benefits it brings to the industry professionals. vendors including Google, Nokia, Vasco and Packet Design. “We are very excited to be participating at our first GITEX conference this year,” said Husni Khuffash, Google’s Country Commenting on the new facility Malek Al Malek said: “As Dubai Business Development Manager, UAE. “Our participation Internet City continues to stand as a major driving force behind the showcases our efforts to continue engaging with our business region’s ICT industry, it is important for us to continuously support partners our Business Partners. We are delighted that FVC is launching its Malek Sultan Al Malek, Executive Director of Dubai Internet City Technology Briefing centre at DIC. FVC’s presence in the zone and said: “It is a privilege to facilitate high profile speakers from Intel, opening of the briefing centre offers great value to its vendors and DELL, Google, not to forget the region’s industry thought leaders technologies. We look forward to seeing successful new projects from Smart City and eHosting DataFort at GITEX this year. These from FVC in the future.” noted figures offer meaningful insight into key issues while giving guidance and recommendations on various challenges to facilitate the region’s IT sector growth.” A recent report published by RNCOS, global leaders in market research and consultancy, has forecast the UAE is expected to become the region’s premier ICT hub citing that free zone clusters such as Dubai Internet City and heavy regional investment in the technology sector play an enormous role. DIC Sponsors ACN Arab Technology Awards Dubai Internet City (DIC), the largest managed ICT cluster in the region, and a member of TECOM Investments, is to pledge its support to leading ICT vendors and enterprise integrators, acknowledging their accomplishments in individual and group categories at the ACN Arab Technology Awards. Malek Sultan Al Malek, Executive Director of DIC will present three award winners their trophies in an event featuring more than 500 of the region’s leading technology professionals, including the end user community, vendors and enterprise integrators. Representatives from associated industries, industry luminaries and special guest speakers will also be present. This year’s edition of the Arab Technology Awards has gathered a strong response from the region’s IT community, with more 120 entries received in the 14 available categories, eclipsing last year’s total. The most popular category has been for the prestigious CIO of the year award, with over 16 nominations received – more than double the amount received last year. Other popular categories include government and education implementation of the year and enterprise systems integrator of the year. The winners will be revealed in a glittering ceremony at the Westin Hotel in Dubai on the 20th of October.
    • DIC Executive Director as DIC Explores Opportunities in the Inspirational Guest Speaker Far-East @ CommunicAsia 2008 Dubai: Learning and Development (Human Capital) conducted Singapore: DIC sought niche opportunities in the Far East through the latest edition of the Guest Speaker Session, which featured Mr. leveraging its expanded presence at ‘CommunicAsia 2008’ held Malek Sultan Al Malek, Executive Director of Dubai Internet City. from 17-20 June at the Expo in Singapore. The 19th International The session took place at Dubai Knowledge Village – Communications and Information Technology Exhibition and Conference Centre. Conference (CommunicAsia) sought to transform the way Among the attendees were Mustaqbali Trainees and a number of technology and businesses intertwine, enabling leading operators, other colleagues, who had seized the remarkable opportunity. service providers, regulators, vendors and consultants to network After a brief introduction, Mr. Al Malek took the floor and touched and exchange industry best practices for the future of technology. upon several issues that the young enthusiastic attendees could relate to, such as, successfully integrating working and studying; DIC highlighted the unique business incentives the cluster offers to stepping up to challenges; the importance of having faith in companies for setting up operations. Many Potential Asian partners yourself to keep going; and the challenges that young leaders face. aiming to tap the increasing business opportunities in the rapidly expanding Middle East market for ICT products and services were Following the inspirational talk, the participants were granted the opportunity of directing their questions to Mr. Al Malek, and he present at the four-day event. generously incorporated details of his professional experience while responding to the questions. According to Al Malek, DIC’s Executive Director, participating at At the end of the session, a raffle draw was conducted and three CommunicAsia2008 for the 4th year confirms DIC’s importance in lucky participants walked away with prizes. expanding its footprint in the Far-Eastern markets. In its previous editions, the exhibition enabled DIC to initiate contact with key The attendees appreciated the opportunity of interacting with Mr. business decision-makers and attract significant business by virtue Al Malek on a one-to-one basis. They also valued his honesty of its unique purpose-built infrastructure and logistical advantages. and openness in responding to their questions. Learning and Development, on its part, would like to thank Mr. Malek Al Malek for providing this opportunity, and the attendees for The Asia-Pacific market is estimated to expand to US$431 billion their participation. by 2009 from the current US$276 billion, which ranks the region among the highest potential growth markets in the world. DIC Thanks its Business Partners Dubai: Dubai Internet City thanks the following Business Partners for participating in the Computers Recycling Initiative in June/July 2008. (Names arranged in alphabetic order) Clarendon Parker Middle East FZ-LLC Getronics Middle East FZ-LLC Haroun Multi Media FZ-LLC ICDL GCC Foundation FZ-LLC KOL Corporation FZ-LLC LogicaCMG FZ-LLC MedNet UAE FZ-LLC Rusada Software FZ-LLC Sage Software Middle East FZ-LLC Samsung Electronics Co. LTD Stargate Cyber Active Limited Wipro Limited
    • DELL Sees Unrivalled Opportunity in Connected Era & Fast Growing Economies Dubai: Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell, addressed reporters at a conference held on 6 April at the Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai. “The world is witnessing the most exciting and promising period for technology ever seen. We call it the “Connected Era.” The second billion people coming online, many from the world’s fast growing and emerging economies expect a different technology experience to the first. The Internet has unleashed billions of new conversations and made it possible for people to connect in new ways. The emergence of this Connected Era is arguably the most influential single trend remodeling the world today” said Michael Dell. Dubai Internet City: Proud Sponsors Among the attendees was Mr. Abdulatif AlMulla, CEO of T ECOM of Dubai Flying Dragons at World Investments who extended his warm welcome to Michael Dell Championships in Malaysia and highlighted the overall IT spend in the Middle East and Africa which is expected to exceed $40 billion in 2008 and with the Gulf Malaysia: Dubai Internet City announced it will sponsor the Cooperation Council accounting for nearly 23 percent of the total Dubai Flying Dragons team at the 2008 Club Crew World (according to IDC figures), the region’s IT sector has significantly Championships (CCWC) in Penang, Malaysia, as part of its evolved into one of the key players in the global IT industry. On corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda the other hand AlMulla assured “We will be working closely with Dell to find ways to bring the benefits of its best practice approaches to this region”. One of the world’s most popular sport competitions, the sixth Club Crew World Championships was held from 1 - 3 August, and Mr. Dell also outlined what he described as the four key drivers of drew over 400 teams from over 20 countries including Singapore, the Connected Era. The first being Simplify IT as many businesses, China, Thailand, Indonesia, The Netherlands, UK, Australia, governments and consumers technology is too expensive, too Canada and South Africa. Attracting over 20,000 spectators over complex and uses far too much power and Dell’s mission is to the three-day period, the event was telecast on 30 top channels simplify IT for customers. The second being Reaching the Next across the globe. Billion as more than one billion people are online today and by 2011, another billion are expected to join. Reaching these Malek Al Malek, Executive Director of Dubai Internet City said: new users will require tailoring products to their needs and “In our relentless drive to grow as a dynamic and holistic business paying attention to how they prefer to learn about and purchase computers systems. The third being Listening as the Connected model on the global landscape, Dubai Internet City pursues an Era has forever redefined what it means to listen to customers. active CSR agenda through endorsing events that impact the “Listening used to mean commissioning a customer survey. Now overall development of the communities around us. it means engaging directly with customers and critics and using those relationships to create a smarter business” affirmed Mr. Dell. “Our sponsorship of the Dubai Flying Dragons team specifically underscores our keenness to support the growth of sports activities The fourth being Environment and the ReGeneration as on World in the region. It also allows us to provide promising individuals the Environment Day 2007, Michael Dell committed to partnering opportunity to compete at international levels and position Dubai with customers to become the “greenest” technology company on as a hub for sporting excellence.” the planet. With the latter key driver, Mr. Dell introduced the idea that we can Dubai Internet City hosted the third Dubai Corporate Games in all be part of the ReGeneration – a global community of people April this year, inviting major companies such as Aramex, Dubai of all ages and backgrounds who care about the environment. Properties, Leo Burnett and Chaloub Group to battle it out for To join with Dell and thousands of others in lending a voice and honours in various team championships including dragon boating, saving the planet, visit www.ReGeneration.org. football and basketball.
    • TECOM NEWS TECOM Investments News Highlights Internal Transport Service: FAQs and Tentative Route Map Released 3 WINs for TECOM at Dubai Holding Dubai: TECOM Investments launched a pilot project for a FREE Excellence Awards ‘08 Internal Transport System to link the TECOM zones: Dubai Internet City, and Dubai Knowledge Village. The trial run in the Dubai: TECOM Investments notched a tally of three awards at TECOM free zones is still on and running with a fleet of 24-seater the Second Dubai Holding Excellence Awards held on Thursday red buses doing the rounds. 29 May. The awards were presented at the Dubai holding Annual Gala Dinner. Mohammad Al Gergawi - Executive Chairman, In an effort to make the project a success, the assigned project Dubai Holding presented the awards to the winners in each of team has encouraged everyone in the zones to utilize this service the categories in the presence of Ahmad bin Byat, Executive in order to capture customer feedback to better the service before Chairman of TECOM Investments, Abdulatif AlMulla, Group CEO moving on to the next phase. TECOM Investments and other senior officials. People who utilize the service are encouraged to help The awards won by TECOM per category were: Best HSE Award fine-tune the pilot launch by registering their concerns, feedback, for Office Environment, Best Policy and Strategy and Best Entity suggestions and compliments to: VOICE IT on 800 100 000. Gold Award. Samira Abdullah from the Quality Department won the Best Employee Award in recognition of her professional contribution to the organisation, dedication and hard work. His Excellency Ahmad Bin Byat and Prime Minister of Malta, Dr. Lawrence Gonzi Launch Phase One of SmartCity Malta Dubai: Phase One of SmartCity Malta was launched by His Excellency Ahmad Bin Byat, Executive Chairman of TECOM Investments and Chairman of SmartCity, and Dr. Lawrence Gonzi, Prime Minister of Malta, in the presence of top ranking government officials from both countries and over 500 invited guests. TECOM and du Sign a ‘Staying Connected’ Deal Climate Control Conference: Ali bin Dubai: TECOM Investments has signed a deal with du, the Towaih Calls on Businesses to Step- UAE’s new telecom provider, to offer WiFi services from April, up Supply of Green Building-related in an effort to ‘stay connected’ in public areas within its Free Zone clusters – Dubai Internet City (DIC), Dubai Media City Products and Services (DMC) and Knowledge Village (KV). Dubai: Ali bin Towaih, the Executive Director of Enpark called on businesses to play a pioneering role in the supply of Green Apart from the food courts in the Free Zone, the WiFi coverage Building-related products and services during his address at areas include DIC Buildings 2 and 3, the lobby of Building 4, the Climate Control Conference, which was held at the Hyatt the retail areas in Buildings 6, 12, 13 and 16, the First Steps Regency in Dubai from April 28-30, 2008. offices in Building 1, as well as the boutique villas. The conference titled: ‘Seeking clarity on what the government of The DMC coverage areas will include the retail area of Dubai expects of builders, consultants, contractors and clients in Building 1, the retail and lobby areas of Building 2, and all the implementing Green Building projects’, sought to address issues retail areas of Buildings 7, 8, 10, 14, in addition to the retail relating to efficiency in engineering solutions and strategies. area of the loft offices. The coverage areas within Knowledge Village will include the lobby of Block 2A, the retail area of Block 6, the food court of Block 7, and the retail areas of Blocks 18 and 19. Eventually, TECOM Investments will extend wireless connectivity to all outdoor public spaces within the Free Zone clusters.
    • BP NEWS Rubicon Awarded Animation House of the Year Dubai: Rubicon Studio was chosen by Digital Studio’s panel of judges as the “Animation House of the Year”. Witnessed by over Dubai Internet City to Host Google’s 300 top executives from the industry, Rubicon Studio was selected First Middle East Exhibition Presence for its dedication to produce high-end, creative and technical edutainment products. Ever wondered what Google is doing in Dubai or wanted to find out what Google can do to help your business? Now's your chance Rubicon was introduced by the panel of judges as the pioneers – the Google team is going be present at their first ever GITEX in the content and animation industry within the MENA region. Forum on October 19-23 as part of the Dubai Internet City Stand. Moreover, they also highlighted Rubicon’s main productions and Google will be there to chat with visitors and press about the newly established partners. various exciting projects they've been working on in MENA and in Dubai. Rubicon's CEO, Randa Ayoubi, said: “People are now more aware Come to the fun Google booth to meet our many Googlers who of the importance and impact that animation has on our world work in and with the MENA region (see you're getting into ).the today. They are demanding value-added products that stand out Google spirit with our own lingo in the market. With this award in hand, Rubicon productions will Husni Khuffash, Country Business Manager UAE, will be attract even more global attention and opens the door for a chain kicking off presentations with his team talking about the latest reaction of opportunities that will take the region to the next level buzz word taking the Middle East marketing world by storm in entertainment and digital content creation.” – Search Marketing. Or if you've ever wanted to know more about the fun latest Google products and gadgets like Chrome For More information please contact: (the latest search browser), Knol or our iGoogle then Yasmina Yasmine Muna Brihi, Regional Marketing Manager for MENA will be on hand. PR & Outreach officer Yasmine.Muna@rubicon.com.jo Lastly, we know many of you are excited to find out how you can Tel :+962 6 4655300 take your company into the 'Cloud' – Jesper Frederiksen, Head of Enterprise EMEA, will be available to answer any questions regarding enterprise applications. We hope you come by and help us celebrate our first year at GITEX on the DIC Stand– Google Style! Time to Market: More profitable Projects with Conject - Conject Celebrates New Bigger Office SmartCity is a joint venture company in Business Central Towers promoted by Dubai Holding members, TECOM Investments and SAMA Dubai SmartCity is a joint venture company promoted by Dubai Holding members, TECOM Investments and SAMA Dubai, to develop and manage Knowledge Industry Townships Worldwide. The vision of the company is to be the preferred business park provider that develops a global network of self-sustained townships to facilitate the creation of knowledge based industries. SmartCity combines; TECOM’s specialised expertise, in the creation and management of knowledge based industry clusters, with Sama Dubai’s strength in real estate development in the international market to create an infrastructure and environment catered to the requirements of knowledge based companies and knowledge workers. SmartCity has a significant impact on the economies in which it is established and creates vibrant knowledge economy communities Dubai: The United Arab Emirates is still experiencing an which are anchored by leading global, regional and local names in the unprecedented boom in the construction of new real estate industry to facilitate knowledge transfer and job creation. and infrastructure projects. Due to this dramatic increase in the SmartCity is based on the successful models of Dubai Internet City, demand for Infrastructure Lifecycle Management solutions, conject Dubai Media City and Dubai Knowledge Village and provides state-of- now has opened a new and bigger office for this business, directly the-art infrastructure, environment and support systems that promote in the heart of the region: Dubai Internet City. “The right place the growth of knowledge-based companies. for conject” (construction + project), said Martin Reents, CEO of SmartCity also creates a global network to assist the companies to tap conject, when he spoke on the opening event on Wednesday the into various markets, opportunities and talent. SmartCity Kochi, along 2nd of July. And he added: “The market is becoming increasingly with SmartCity Malta, are the first two projects to be part of the global sophisticated. Real estate developers and project managers want network of knowledge-based industry townships that SmartCity seeks to control their numerous projects better, faster and more securely to develop. This global network fosters productive linkages and tap into than ever. This is where conject truly excels: by providing the synergies between knowledge-industry centres worldwide, thereby desired overview and the necessary transparency.” contributing to economic development.
    • BP NEWS The opening event was joined by Malek Sultan Al Malek, HP ProCurve Growth Accelerates at Executive Director of Dubai Internet City, who welcomed conject to DIC. Malek Al Malek also added “DIC is a pioneer in making Nearly Four Times Industry Rate Dubai a true leader in Technology in the region” and conject, a German company with several offices around the world are Dubai: HP ProCurve experienced year-over-year port growth for the delighted to be in the region to enjoy the many opportunities first calendar quarter of 2008 that nearly quadrupled the growth for this. rate of the networking industry, according to data from a quarterly report by market research firm Dell’Oro Group. On the conject platform available over the Internet all customers find what they need at any time. Project managers are in control According to the analyst firm’s data, ProCurve, the world’s second and do not need to struggle with the uncertainty. All companies largest enterprise LAN networking vendor, grew worldwide port work with the same data and unified programmes because all shipments by 28.4 percent in the first calendar quarter of 2008 project members are integrated on a platform that encompasses compared to the same period in 2007. The industry growth rate for more than 60,000 users and over 3,000 companies, including this same period was 7.82 percent. 60% of German blue chips. “With conject every user can concentrate on the actual tasks at hand in the project. conject “In the face of a challenging global economy, ProCurve’s impressive sets a clear standard: Easy to use and the right way to get a better growth is based on the ability to provide customers with choice to overview about the projects”, Uwe Forgber, head of Dubai officed handle their most difficult deployments, from small offices to global said. His plans for the future: “conject Dubai is growing fast enterprises,” said Mark Thompson, HP ProCurve global director of sales and marketing. “This growth reflects a dramatic increase in and will grow not only in Middle East. I think there is a need for the number of customers who are reconsidering their alternatives further offices – for example in Africa or India, these markets are and looking to ProCurve for flexibility to quickly meet the changing in front of our door….” needs of users, applications and organizations.” Comparing quarter-over-quarter regional port growth in total switched Layer 2 through Layer 7, ProCurve’s port shipments in Asia Pacific grew by 52.4 percent versus an Asian market that declined 5.1 percent. In North America, ProCurve shipments grew at 10.4 Google's Search Results is percent in a market that declined by 11.8 percent. ProCurve port shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa grew at 14.0 Marketing @ its Best percent in a market that declined 1.0 percent. Dubai: Traditional forms of marketing and advertising have tended In addition, according to Dell’Oro Group data ProCurve’s Power to be the preserve of large businesses with deep pockets. Search over Ethernet (PoE) worldwide shipments grew 68.4 percent year marketing through Google AdWords has turned the existing order over year compared to market growth of 26.0 percent. This data on its head. Now, more than ever, online search marketing should sustains ProCurve in the No. 2 industry position in PoE. be at the top of every CEO's strategy for the flexibility, targeting and measurable cost-effectiveness that it gives to business. From In Layer 2 and Layer 3 total Gigabit port shipments, ProCurve local flower shops in Egypt to large, multi-nationals in Dubai, quarter-over-quarter growth was 20.8 percent in a market that declined 2.0 percent. Dell’Oro Group data places ProCurve as the everyone can afford to advertise alongside Google's search results. No. 2 overall Gigabit networking vendor. With more and more consumers in the Middle East joining the In the Web managed Gigabit segment category, ProCurve grew online revolution, it will become increasingly important for local at a 60.6 percent rate, in contrast with quarter over quarter businesses to advertise online and be seen when consumers are industry growth of 12.7 percent, boosting ProCurve Small Business searching for information and products. Networking switches to the No. 2 position in this segment with a 21.5 market share. You don't need rolling cameras, creatives or contacts in the industry to participate. Businesses need only set up a Google AdWords account, draft three lines of ad text and bid for keywords they'd like their ads to appear against. Satyam sets Global Development Centre in Egypt to Deliver Value The cost is in the hands of each and every advertiser. It is entirely to Regional Customers up to them how much they are willing to pay every time a consumer clicks on their ad. And, if no-one clicks on an ad then Dubai: Satyam Computer Services Ltd., a leading global consulting the advertiser does not pay a thing. and information technology services company, has announced the launch of its Global Development Centre (GDC) in Smart Village in Advertisers are also able to root out waste and target their potential Giza, following a visit to the company’s Hyderabad headquarters customers by geography and time. So, a travel company offering by officials from the Government of Egypt to strengthen the special weekend fares between Dubai and Beirut can ensure its agreement between the two parties. As the first Indian company to ads only appear to those searching from Dubai between Tuesdays establish its presence in Egypt, Satyam has achieved another vital step towards its ‘globalisation’ plans and its aim to leverage the and Fridays! current boom in the region, which saw the total IT spend for the MEA region touch USD 35 billion in 2007. Today, any small or medium sized business can use AdWords to reach a national, regional or local audience. Search marketing has The move is also a testament to the emergence of Egypt as an IT helped democratize access to advertising. It is an achievement of hub with the IT Services market in the country projected to reach which we are particularly proud. USD 163 million in 2007.
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    • BP NEWS The GDC in Egypt will train and deploy about 300 personnel, majority of which are locals, to handle customer engagements and serve as a major technological development and software support group for Satyam's customers in the Middle East. Fuelled by the growth of the IT services market and the growing demand for outsourcing, Satyam has set up the state-of- the-art GDC in a bid to offer regional customers access to the global service standards of Satyam at local prices. Throughout the project, the company has worked closely with the Government of Egypt, to ensure the development of local talent by involving reputed expatriate professionals with Egyptian nationals in a bid to deliver high-end projects across the region. “As we approach an era of convergence between strategic business operations and information technology, we recognise Egypt as one of the steadily moving countries towards the global IT market in terms of the maturity of its software offshoring industry,” said Virender Aggarwal, Director and Sr. Vice President, Satyam Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Juniper Networks Named as Middle East’s Networking Vendor of the Year 2008 by Leading Regional Publisher Dubai: Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, announced that it has been named as the Middle East’s Best Networking Vendor of the year at the fourth annual Network Middle East Innovation Awards 2008. In a competitive category Juniper Networks was acknowledged for its contributions to network infrastructures across the Middle East. The honour was presented during a gala dinner and awards ceremony on the 13th May. The Network Middle East Innovation Awards, organized by Network Middle East (NME) Magazine, the region’s leading information technology infrastructure title, honours the individuals and organizations that are responsible for driving standards and increased adoption of network infrastructures across the region. “The significance of this award speaks for itself – and with an increasing number of new entrants to the Middle East market, competition among vendors was fierce,” said Sathya Ashok, editor, NME Magazine “This was a tight category and the big names of the industry battled it out during the voting. However, during the second round of voting, the winner’s commitment to security and DoCoMo Subsidiary interTouch performance, as well as providing a wide range of networking capabilities, tipped the scales in favour of Juniper Networks.” Renamed DoCoMo interTouch “Being named as the Best Networking Vendor at the NME Singapore: NTT DoCoMo, Inc. the world’s leading mobile communications company announced on April 1, that interTouch Innovation awards this year underscores Juniper’s commitment Pte. Ltd., its wholly owned subsidiary in Singapore has been to advancing the economics of high-performance networking renamed to DoCoMo interTouch Pte. Ltd. across the entire Middle East region,” said Samer Shaar, Area Sales Director, Juniper Networks. “Receiving this honour from a panel In an effort to solidify its position as a premier Asia Pacific of independent judges was particularly satisfying as it was based provider of high-speed broad band connectivity services and upon key customer implementations and regional initiatives such video applications to the hospitality industry, DoCoMo acquired as training schemes.” Singapore-based MagiNet Pte. Ltd., in January, early this year. With this acquisition, DoCoMo interTouch now serves a total of 25 million hotel guests annually at approximately 1,000 hotels in The NME Innovation Awards follows Juniper’s win as the 62 countries in the Asian Pacific region, Europe and the Middle Networking Vendor of the Year at the inaugural Channel Middle East with a growing presence in the Americas. East awards, which recognized the company for its efforts in the Middle East’s IT channel throughout the past year. DoCoMo interTouch is now consolidating its operations of the former interTouch and MagiNet companies to ensure further efficiency. Under the mantle of its new brand, DoCoMo interTouch is committed to expand and upgrade its offerings in order to provide the most convenient and reliable broadband services to hotels worldwide.
    • BP NEWS Labneh Wa Zaatar Maktoob Labneh Wa Zaatar has opened recently at DIC 6. This unique traditional restaurant serves different types of Lebanese cuisines. Maktoob is proud to announce the results of a second audit of The variety of foods are typically homemade from natural fresh our audience conducted by globally renowned UK-based ABC ingredients, vegetables and meat with a spicy list of grills, crispy Electronic. The third-party audit certified that Maktoob.com and crusty pastries, Saj and the famous Lebanese Fakhara that received a total of 9.6 million unique users who visited over 224 million web pages in the month of April 2008, making compile to a rich menu of main dishes. While the range of the Maktoob.com by far the most visited audited portal in very famous Lebanese appetizers, sweets and beverages add up to the Arab world. the daily needs of nutrition. We conducted our first audit in June 2007, which certified that Labneh Wa Zaatar has state-of-the-art equipment, grills and 6,969,475 unique users visited the website. The ABC ELECTRONIC ovens needed to deliver the real authentic Lebanese taste to all certificate issued for Maktoob.com in May 2008 confirms that its customers. The restaurant is decorated to portray tradition, during the month of April 2008 a total of 9,589,292 unique excellence and reflect a homely feeling to dine and enjoy the art users visited the site, with a daily average of 7.5 million page of cooking. views, showing an increase of close to 40 percent in its monthly audience, within the span of a year. Labneh Wa Zaatar is where the chef’s secret is cropped from nature. NEW OUTLETS Fruitful Venture The Taste of Persia If you are one of the healthy types and believe in adding some nutritional value to everything you eat, don’t worry, help is at Shish Kebab, has opened recently at DIC 6. The restaurant is hand. Up and running at Dubai Internet City is Majoun, a venture specialised in authentic Persian Cuisine and is locally owned and which combines the goodness of fruits with the wholesomeness managed thus delivering the best of services to all its clients. of milk to bring you natural energy drinks which will power your Shish Kebab brings to your table an exquisite selection of efforts throughout the day. delicious fresh Persian foods prepared by an expert chef at highly competitive rates. If you're looking for a taste of Persian authentic We all know that ‘what you eat is what you become’, but in the Persian menu, Shish Kebab is the ideal place to dine. daily hustle and bustle we sometimes forget this when tucking in the irresistible juicy burger or the fattening fries. Yet, as the world Offering our signature kebab dishes for which the restaurant goes health conscious, outlets like Majoun are bound to swirl has become known for, Shish Kebab now offers a larger, more and grow. diverse menu including soups, starters, main courses and desserts. The new menu consists of a variety of cold and hot appetizers. Not only are the basic recipes developed with health in mind, the Moreover, to top it all off…fresh Iranian bread from our “Tandoor” ingredients like the choicest of nuts, honey, soft dates, cinnamon (clay oven) accompanies your order. and grated coconut are chosen with the ultimate goal of offering a great taste blended with nourishing content. Our outdoor catering unit has a versatile choice of menus for all sorts of occasions, catering be it casual/ office gatherings, VIP Majoun also offers you a choice of crepes to beat that sudden functions or wedding parties. The wide expertise of our chefs hunger pang. And for the extra, extra calorie-consious, there’s the ensures the quality of freshness, genuine taste and nutrition before Light version of Majoun products, using low fat milk and sugar each bite. free ice cream. But fret not, because even the full version of the Majoun drink has no more that 90 calories. You can now grab a Shish Kebab Restaurant is an integral part of EFM Foods LLC drink of your choice or a crepe on the way to work at the specially Company, based in Dubai for a period of more than 13 years of designed kiosk in DIC 2. Stay healthy! excellence in the food Industry. EFM Foods LLC specializes in Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Cafes, Outdoor Catering Services & active participation in special events held in UAE. For Free Delivery Call 04 427 8662 or 04 437 0719
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    • PROFILES Symsoft Symsoft is a Swedish company active in the field of mobile Gravity Co., Ltd. (Headquarter) communications founded in1989. Established in April 2000, GRAVITY is a global online game Symsoft was present in the Middle East since 2004 and has company listed on the NASDAQ. established an office at Dubai Internet City in August 2005. GRAVITY is widely known for its successful development of the Symsoft’s product suite Nobill® addresses mobile operators and internationally acclaimed MMORPG title, Ragnarok Online, and is covers a complete portfolio in the areas of charging, messaging currently servicing the game to a wide range of gamers and IP services. Symsoft’s strength is an extensive experience of around the globe. and great ability to adapt to existing network environments and topologies. Nobill serves over 100 million users in more than 30 GRAVITY is also preparing a full lineup of next-generation game countries around the world. In the Middle East, Symsoft customers titles including the sequel Ragnarok Online II and Requiem are: Saudi Telecom in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qtel in Qatar, Online, which will continue the success of Ragnarok Online in the Wataniya in Kuwait and Oman Mobile in the Sultanate of Oman. years to come. GRAVITY is strengthening its publishing business by providing a wide variety of renowned game titles to our users based on the company’s powerful global network. Gravity Middle East & Africa FZ-LLC C3 Card Gravity Middle East & Africa officially started its operation in May 2007 to serve the gamers in the region, where online game is still C3 Card is a company incorporated in Dubai, with regional unfamiliar to people. Capital. C3 Card has partnered with a Bank in the UAE and has built a capability to distribute, activate and top-up Pre-paid cards Stationed at Dubai within the United Arab Emirates, which is in addition to providing a comprehensive customer known as the bridgehead of Middle Eastern industry, Gravity ME&A service operation. places servicing of Gravity’s blockbuster hit Ragnarok Online as the company’s top priority task. Starting with contiguous areas such C3 Card is to become the leader for Pre-paid services including as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar within the Middle East region, regular Pre-paid products, remittances originating from the Middle Gravity ME&A is planning to expand the service into Africa. East and payroll applications. Starting with its closed beta test on May 2008, the official service of Ragnarok Online is planned to kick off soon with fully localized C3 Card’s services include: scripts and contents that fits appropriately to the atmosphere of • Sales & Marketing • Operations Support Islamic culture. • Customer Service Crossword GAMES ACROSS 1 Abscond (6) DOWN 4 Canny (6) 1 Provide money to pay (6) 9 List of ingredients (7) 2 Item of bric-a-brac (5) 10 Wrong (5) 3 On horseback (7) 11 Underway (5) 5 Amass and put away (5) 12 Final stages in chess play (7) 6 Tomb Inscription 13 Perceive some prospect 7 Scatter (6) of solution (3,8) 8 Captivate totally and at once (4,2,5) 18 Perpendicular (7) 14 Along the way (2,5) 20 Rise to great height (5) 15 Maintaining communication (2,5) 22 Temporary stop (5) 16 Uproar (6) 23 Regular procedure (7) 17 Of one's own accord (6) 34 Detective (6) 19 Pre-eminent (5) 25 Genial (6) 21 Querulous tone (5)
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