Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates Microsoft’s regional HQ at DIC

Microsoft's regional headquarters for the Gulf and the Mediterranean was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister

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By  Vijaya George Published  October 10, 2001

Microsoft regional headquarters was inaugurated in the Dubai Internet City yesterday by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister. Extending his congratulations to Microsoft, he said: “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. We are confident that this partnership will continue to develop and grow over the next years ahead.”

Sheikh Mohammed added that the government of Dubai had “spared no effort in providing companies, representing the entire value-chain of the Internet-related industry, with the technological and physical infrastructure that will enable them to conduct business both efficiently and cost-effectively.”

Mr. Bahram Mohazzebi, general manager, Microsoft Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM) said that Microsoft’s move to the Dubai Internet City office comes at a critical time, and 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.”
Over the next two years, Microsoft will be focusing on delivering other major elements of the .NET platform, including Visual Studio.NET and the .NET family of enterprise server software”.

The Microsoft building at DIC will serve as the regional headquarters of Microsoft Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM) region. It will be responsible for the 11 countries, which constitute the GEM region. The building will house a team that will be responsible for the critical-testing functions of the Arabic product development process, and will house a Datacentre and IT laboratory as well. It will also host Microsoft industry partners and has been planned to accommodate for future expansions.

The inauguration of Microsoft’s new offices marks the foundation of what is anticipated to be a long and fruitful relationship between the Microsoft and the DIC. Earlier this year, the DIC signed a landmark enterprise agreement (EA) with Microsoft for the use of Microsoft software across its departments.

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