Intel's CEO, Craig Barrett, drops in on Dubai

During a short press briefing, Craig Barrett praised Dubai for its work to promote the use of IT in three areas — education, business and government.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 30, 2002

Intel’s chief executive officer (CEO) Craig Barrett, stopped in Dubai yesterday, as part of his Middle East tour. While in Dubai, Barrett visited HP’s recently opened Solutions & Technology Centre in Dubai Internet City (DIC) to view several telecommunications and translation applications running on Intel’s 64-bit Itantium architecture.

During a short press briefing, Barrett praised Dubai for its work to promote the use of information technology in three areas — education, business and government. He focused on the role of DIC. “The internet city is a fantastic example of Dubai’s clear technology direction for the future,” explained Barrett.

“The region’s long term economic prosperity depends on its ability to fully participate in a marketplace where goods, services, communication and entertainment are created and delivered quickly by the internet and advanced information technology. Dubai can assist by leading the way,” he added.

Barrett also urged local leaders to promote regional cooperation and economic integration through the Gulf Co-Operation Council with the goal of integrating with the world’s economies. He encouraged the region’s leaders to remove import duties, deregulate the telecommunications sector and promote private entrepreneurship.

To strengthen the region’s digital future, Barrett warned Dubai’s leaders that they had to continue to investment in computing and communications infrastructure. He also said that a strong educational foundation will create a skilled workforce knowledgeable about advanced technologies and prepared to compete in a global digital economy.

“Dubai’s success in this new digital economy depends on a workforce that is well educated, particularly in the disciplines of math and science,” commented Barrett. “Education will excite the imaginations of your students and inspire tomorrow’s next great technology innovations,” he added.

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