DIC as Key Driver
in e-Readiness Leadership
DIC Targets Specialized Service
Delivery through new Internal
3 Wins for TECOM at
Dubai Holding Excellence Awards
Animation House of the Year
Google’s First Middle East
Recycle Reuse Drive
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.
“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.
“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
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
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 (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
MedNet UAE FZ-LLC
Rusada Software FZ-LLC
Sage Software Middle East FZ-LLC
Samsung Electronics Co. LTD
Stargate Cyber Active Limited
DELL Sees Unrivalled Opportunity
in Connected Era & Fast
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.”
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 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
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
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
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
Lastly, we know many of you are excited to find out how you can
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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.
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
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
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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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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)
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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)
Conject is the trailblazer in comprehensive networking of
companies and processes in project-oriented industries. The main
focus is the construction and real estate industry.
Tecnomen Conject offers IT solutions that support all the routine tasks related
to project and properties management. More than 60,000 users
Tecnomen, founded in 1978, is one of the leading suppliers and over 3,000 companies rely on conject, including 60% of
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Nordic Exchange in Helsinki. work with conject - even abroad, as the products are translated
into 15 languages.
Tecnomen recently moved its MEA headquarters to DIC.
For more information on Tecnomen visit www.tecnomen.com
Deloitte is proud to announce the opening of Deloitte Technology
Consulting Middle East. From our offices in Dubai Internet
City, Deloitte Technology Consulting specializes in providing
clients throughout the Middle East with information technology
consultancy and implementation services with a specific focus
Conject on ERP (SAP & Oracle) and complementary solutions. Working
through our established network of Deloitte offices in the Middle
Conject, with headquarters in Munich and other locations in East and leveraging the global resources of Deloitte we assist
Duisburg, Dresden, St. Petersburg, The Hague and Dubai is our clients them with the scoping, planning, management and
Europe’s leading Infrastructure Lifecycle Management (ILM) delivery of large scale implementation projects. Our ERP advisory
software provider. On the platform available over the Internet, services include ERP strategy, evaluation and selection as well as
all companies work with the same data and uniform programmes. programme management and quality assurance.
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