makes IT learning project progress, Compaq Middle East and Mideast Data Systems have completed the third phase of a regional IT learning project.

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By  Robin Duff Published  September 17, 2001, Compaq Computer Middle East and Mideast Data Systems have completed the third phase of a regional IT learning project, led by the office. This phase will provide 20 schools in Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi IT Academy with state-of-the-art computer infrastructure.

The project is part of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai & UAE Minister of Defense, to enhance the role of technology in the UAE educational system.

“This can only be achieved if the next generation is trained and prepared for the demands of the information age,” says Jamal Khalfan Al Howaireb, director of the IT education project, Sheikh office. “The first phase of the project was a great success. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum gave instructions to take further steps to implement similar projects around the UAE and increase Internet penetration in schools.”

IT laboratories have been installed in each of the 20 schools and the Abu Dhabi IT Academy to provide them with the latest in Internet connectivity and multimedia as well as with a variety of software applications. Each laboratory is equipped with two Compaq Servers and a network of computers. Extensive training has been given to school staff and two engineers have been posted on site to give dedicated support to the schools and the Academy.

“Compaq is very pleased to work with office in delivering on the initiative to provide Internet access to schools in the UAE,” says Dr. Samer Chaar, General Manager, Gulf and Levant. “Our aim is to embrace the needs of the Middle East market and help the next generation achieve greater levels of success through the use of the Internet and the latest e-learning technologies in their education. Compaq will continue to work closely with the office to find new ways of improving the learning experience of students.”

The laboratories have a total of 800 PCs that are connected through a wide area network to the Abu Dhabi IT Academy that includes 13 Compaq Servers hosting different software applications including e-mail & e-infrastructure solutions. In addition, there are routers for inter-Emirate links and connections to Abu Dhabi and Dubai ATMs.

The system boasts a state-of-the-art backup system, providing high levels of security with a primary firewall and a complete infrastructure consisting of a cabling and network points system ending into enclosed earthed secure network cabinets for the server room, training room and labs.

“We worked very closely with Compaq and on this project. Our responsibility covers the full implementation of the project including the delivery, maintenance and servicing of the Compaq equipment. We are excited to be contributing to the education of the region’s future generation with the Sheikh project,” added Sami Abi Esber Group Executive Director of Mideast Data Systems.

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