DIC CEO addresses Global Tech Summit

Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Dubai Internet City (DIC), has addressed the Global Tech Summit 2003, in Washington DC.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  October 14, 2003

Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Dubai Internet City (DIC), has addressed the Global Tech Summit 2003, in Washington DC.

Organised by the US chapter of Business Software Alliance (BSA). The invitation was in recognition of DIC's contribution to the development of the ICT sector in the UAE and the Middle East. As a panellist at the summit, Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman elaborated on Dubai's vision of a sophisticated eSociety and highlighted the UAE's drive towards being a Knowledge-Based Economy.

"Dubai is leading the region in the move towards becoming a Knowledge-Based Economy. The benefits of this technological drive can be seen in all sectors of the society, whether it is the consistent growth in the country's Gross Domestic Product, the increasingly sophisticated information technology-driven businesses or the technological advances that power the region's public services in the form of advanced eGovernance, and especially in fields like education and health care, where the ICT revolution has opened the doors to easy round-the-clock access to information" said Dr Bin Sulaiman.

"However, the benefits that we see in our daily lives are just a very small measure of the possibilities waiting to be discovered. In this context, forums like the Global Tech Summit have an important role to play, since they provide the global community with the opportunity to highlight their IT needs, benefit from the experiences of the participating nations, generate new ideas and set new frontiers in technological research," added Dr Bin Sulaiman.

BSA's decision to extend an invitation to Dr Bin Sulaiman was due to DIC's contribution to the growth of the ICT sector in the UAE and Dubai's increasingly pre-eminent position as the IT hub of the Middle East region, according to Jawad Al Redha, co-chairman, Middle East, Business Software Alliance.

"The increasingly secure IT climate in the UAE has facilitated the growth of the IT sector in the region. While there is already a large cross-section of the IT industry leaders that are investing in customising solutions according to the IT needs of businesses in the Arab world, the needs are becoming increasingly dynamic and the potential for innovation is unlimited. Dr Bin Sulaiman's participation in the Summit will open the door to a host of new ideas and give the leading IT companies around the world an in-depth understanding of the region's IT climate."

Dr Bin Sulaiman was appointed the CEO of DIC on March 24th, 2002. Under his leadership, DIC has achieved more than 100% growth in less than a year. At the summit, he was a panellist in the dialogue session on "The Great Digital Transformation".

The Summit was the third in a series of international forums hosted by BSA and examined new ideas, promises and challenges of advancing the networked economy. It brought together CEOs of leading IT companies, such as Adobe, Microsoft, and Symantec.

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