EDS opens office in Dubai Internet City

The global IT services firm has moved to DIC to enable it to be more effective in playing a lead role in developing Dubai as the regional centre for IT.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  September 5, 2001

EDS, the IT services company officially opened its new offices in Dubai Internet City (DIC) on Tuesday. The company is the main partner in the UAE government’s drive to launch its e-government portal, as well as providing IT solutions for Gulf Air in Bahrain.
The company specialises in bringing clients together with partners to deliver tailored IT solutions.

Sheikha Al Lubnah Qasami welcomed their move as helping progress the e-government program development. “Completing the e-government initiative is no easy task but, in EDS, we have found a skilled and committed partner of global proportions,” she said. Sheika Al Lubnah also reiterated that the Dubai e-government portal would be up and running by the start of the Gitex trade fair in October.

EDS sees a good potential market for its services according to Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa executive director Norbert Steiger, “We feel that at this time the market lacks service companies. There is strong representation in software and hardware but we need systems integration to bring end-to-end solutions so that the customer only has to face one company. This is our core business. It is what we do well.”

EDS deals in business process management, outsourcing and management consultancy as well as IT services. The company claims that its assets are its people and with 130 000 employees in 55 countries its human resources are large. The company has plans for rapid expansion in Dubai and the region at large. It hopes to have 200 IT professionals in Dubai within two years compared to 37 at present. It also has plans to expand its solution centre in Cairo.

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