EC History Timeline


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EC History Timeline

  2. 2. 1978 Port Rashed opens 35 new berths to accommodate flourishing trade. Ralph Boustani & Ali Al Dhaheri establish Emirates Computers in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Wang Computers, introducing word processing to the region.
  3. 3. 1981 The standard for all future PCs is born at IBM. EC opens offices in the World Trade Center in Dubai.
  4. 4. 1983 Relational Software renames itself Oracle Corporation. EC begins in-house development of bilingual applications and introduces Wang Enterprise email and office automation.
  5. 5. 1984 At the age of 19, Michael Dell builds PC clones out of his dorm room, founding a company he calls ‘PC’s Limited’. EC partners with Multitech, later to become Acer, one of the first Taiwanese companies to invade the tech world.
  6. 6. 1987 The number of internet hosts tops the 10,000 mark. UUNET Communications Services sells the first-ever commercial Internet connection. EC partners with Oracle and migrates EC’s business applications to Oracle’s new RDBMS platform. EC launches Wang Imaging (WIIS).
  7. 7. 1991 Adobe introduces the Portable Document Format (PDF). EC partners with Nokia, the company that supplied the equipment used to make the world’s first GSM call. EC teams up with SGI to launch mainstream supercomputing in the Middle East against established Cray, IBM and Digital.
  8. 8. 1993 CERN releases the World Wide Web software into the public domain. EC partners with Cisco, the first multi-protocol router vendor. EC rethinks its 15-year old partnership with Wang.
  9. 9. 1994 Mosaic Communications Corporation, later known as Netscape, is founded. EC & SGI totally dominate the supercomputing & graphics workstation market in the UAE. EC’s new management steers the company forward, marking the beginning of the company's second life (EC 2.0)
  10. 10. 1998 Microsoft releases Windows ’98. EC teams up with DELL.
  11. 11. 1999 Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and MP3 are introduced. EC launches Hyperlink, focusing on Oracle Applications consultancy and implementation.
  12. 12. 2000 The Internet boom causes startups to quickly develop into big players. Time Warner & AOL merge. EC achieves Cisco’s IP Telephony specialization. EC establishes new partnerships with Vignette and Brocat.
  13. 13. 2001 Google becomes the first major search engine to go beyond indexing only HTML and text documents. EC opts for non-exclusivity of Nokia handsets to compete in open markets. EC signs an agreement with Microsoft for Microsoft Business Solutions.
  14. 14. 2004 The web evolves into a Techno-Social phenomena called Web 2.0. EC launches TechnoWorld, its consumer distribution arm.
  15. 15. 2005 YouTube is founded. EC opens its second Nokia concept store, the first in Dubai. EC wins several awards in recognition for its achievements.
  16. 16. 2006 Apple’s iTunes Music Store is acknowledged as the world’s biggest online music store retailer. EC introduces Smart Living at Gitex, attains new levels of certifications and wins yet more awards.
  17. 17. 2007 The UAE records more than 10.4% in economic growth. EC launches E2 in Saudi Arabia, E3 in Qatar and Siyana in Pakistan.
  18. 18. 2008 EC celebrates 30 years of continuous success.