Sun moves regional headquarters to DIC

Sun Microsystems Middle East & North Africa has finalised an agreement with Dubai Internet City (DIC) to move its regional headquarters to the technology hub.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  December 7, 2003

Sun Microsystems Middle East & North Africa has finalised an agreement with Dubai Internet City (DIC) to move its regional headquarters to the technology hub.

The company’s migration from its current base in Karama, Dubai, which was Sun’s home for the past decade, had been on the cards since the business advantages of being a resident at DIC became apparent. The new facilities will be based around Sun's iWork strategy, which is a flexible hot-desk environment in which employees leverage available workstations via Java smart-cards. Sun’s DIC office will also feature a dedicated Java laboratory and hands-on demonstration environment for partners and customers.

Generating more than US$12 billion worth of business a year globally and holding the number six vendor position in the IT sector, Sun’s move to Dubai Internet City has completed the free zone’s line-up of tier-one business partners. More than 100 employees will be based at Sun’s new regional headquarters, which should be ready for occupancy by late January 2004.

“We are extremely happy that Sun is establishing its regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City that will be responsible for the entire Middle East and North Africa region, says Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, chief executive officer, DIC and member of the Board of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone. “We look forward to welcoming Sun. The company will be a vital addition to Dubai Internet City’s global ICT community,” he adds.

Sun — which was one of the first IT companies to open an office in the Middle East in the early 1990s — was attracted to DIC by the business benefits that the free zone offers.

As well as the 100-plus team of employees to be based at the company’s new headquarters, the regional operation is also supported by two offices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Jeddah and Riyadh — as well an office in Egypt. Sun is currently considering two new offices in strategic regional markets.

“Positioning our regional headquarters in DIC reflects Sun’s belief in the vision of Dubai government’s initiatives relating to technological advancement,” says Mehmet Iyimen, managing director, MENA, Sun Microsystems.

“Our commitment includes Sun’s provision of the platform for the comprehensive Dubai e-government initiative, and the establishment of our regional headquarters in DIC complements that effort,” he adds.

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