Intel Opens Doors On 21st Century

Intel has confirmed it is set to open up a number of state-of-the-art laboratories in the Middle East.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 4, 2000

Intel has confirmed it is set to open up a number of state-of-the-art laboratories in the Middle East. The first laboratory will open in Dubai by the end of September, 2000.

Intel will offer partners, specialists and entrepreneurs the use of what is believed to be the most advanced computing anywhere in the world, including systems currently only available in other Intel R&D centres in the US and Europe.

The lab will be staffed by Intel experts on networking, digital device, telecommunications and e-business solutions.

In an exclusive interview with Windows User, Gilbert Lacroix, president, Intel Middle East, confirmed that the new laboratories were designed to further strengthen the reputation of the Middle East as a centre for IT excellence.

"Intel wants to give entrepreneurs, partners, customers and individuals with ideas access to whatever technology they require to test, design and develop the plans of the future. Free of charge.”

The move will be met by a significant increase in Intel personnel. Lacroix confirmed that Intel’s expansion into network solutions and vertical markets would involve a closer relationship with end-users and those involved in research and development.

“This is a sophisticated market, and the demands of vertical industries like oil and gas, telecomms and finance require experts who understsand this market as well as critical technologies elsewhere,” confirmed Lacroix.

The second wave of Intel expansion will see laboratories opened in Riyadh and Cairo by Q1 2001. Lacroix was adamant: "Flexibility is key. We want to adapt to local concerns. We don't lump users together in Cairo and Riyadh, just as we don't do it in London and California."

Dubai Internet City

Questioned on Intel’s much publicised backing of Dubai Internet City, Lacroix explained, "The initiative comes at the right time. Something exceptional was needed to make people move quickly. Sheikh Mohammed has done that. Now, rightly, the government will act as an enabler, as a facilitator. But no longer having to do everything itself."

Lacroix ended the interview with Intel’s radical expression of a wired Middle East. "What is DIC? Today, an initiative. Tomorrow, Dubai itself is the Internet City. And the day after tomorrow? The UAE is an Internet country."

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