Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates Microsoft DIC offices

Sheikh Mohammed yesterday inaugurated Microsoft’s new Dubai Internet City Offices, which will serve as the regional headquarters of Microsoft GEM.

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By  Robin Duff Published  October 10, 2001

Sheikh Mohammed yesterday inaugurated Microsoft’s long-awaited new Dubai Internet City Offices, a facility which will serve as the regional headquarters of Microsoft GEM. The inauguration come not long after DIC signed a landmark enterprise agreement with the software giant which will see it use Microsoft software across its departments.

“We welcome one of the world’s largest software company to the growing fold of local, regional and international companies that have chosen DIC as their location of choice,” said Sheikh Mohammed. “We are confident that this partnership will continue to develop and grow over the years ahead.”

Bahram Mohazzebbi, general manager of Microsoft GEM said that Microsoft’s move to DIC office is in tune with bringing Microsoft’s .Net strategy to the region.

“Every aspect of Microsoft’s business will gain a sharper Internet focus— and we will be working harder than ever to bring the advantages of our Internet technologies to companies in the region,” he said. “Over the next two years, we will be delivering other major elements of the .Net platform, including Visual Studio.Net and the .Net family of enterprise server software.”

Covering an area of 55,000 square feet, the four-storey building will house the Arabic product development team, an IT laboratory, and a state-of-the art Datacentre. Microsoft employees will clearly be safe there as well, as the fire warning system proved several times during the inauguration press conference.

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