Schr÷der opens new Siemens DIC building

German Chancellor Gerhard Schr÷der paid tribute to strengthening UAE/German relations yesterday at the inauguration of the new Siemens Middle East headquarters at Dubai Internet City (DIC).

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  October 8, 2003

German Chancellor Gerhard Schr÷der paid tribute to strengthening UAE/German relations yesterday at the inauguration of the new Siemens Middle East headquarters at Dubai Internet City (DIC).

“The opening of the new Siemens campus in DIC is testimony to the strength of the friendship between our two nations,” Schr÷der told Seimens staff and Arab delegates. “Siemens has been a key part of the German economy for over 150 years and is a world leader in developing new technologies, innovations and solutions for the good of humanity,” he added.

The new building will make Siemens the largest single tenant to date in the Dubai Internet City. The development comes at a time when the company is looking for increased growth in the Middle East, and is designed to take advantage of DIC’s position as the regional hub for technology and telecom sectors.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by a distinguished gathering of high-ranking officials, including Dr Heinrich von Pierer, President and CEO of Siemens AG, Ahmed Bin Byat, Director General of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone, Dr. Omar Sulaiman, CEO of Dubai Internet City, German Ministers and high-ranking UAE and Dubai government officials.

The German Chancellor said he admired the free-market economy that had been generated in the UAE and said he was impressed with the speed with which DIC had been built. “People here tend to be open to the world. They open their markets and they expect the same in return. People here are open to innovation, they are keen to get the latest products and to produce these products. People here work extremely fast and the rate at which they work should provide us in Germany with some food for thought,” added Schr÷der.

Explaining that the new Siemens headquarters heralded a new chapter in the company’s 80-year presence in the region, Seimens CEO Heinrich Von Pierer says: “The opening of the campus is a homecoming for Siemens, which has played a crucial role in the development of prestigious power projects such as Taweelah 2 and Shuweihat and in the building of the Sabafone GSM network in Yemen. It is the logical step in the development of our plans which have seen the UAE become a springboard to business in the region.”

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