DAFZA highlights technology tenants

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) has brought four of its leading IT companies together for this year’s exhibition, in a bid to espouse its infrastructure and allow them to build their own brands.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  October 3, 2004

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) has brought four of its leading IT companies together for this year’s exhibition, in a bid to espouse its infrastructure and allow them to build their own brands. Visitors to DAFZA’s stand can take a look at cell phones developed by G-Hanz EMF Telecom, which use a new age microchip that mitigates and renders the effects of electro magnetic fields harmless, according to the company. Planet Optical Disc, meanwhile, will be touting its services for manufacturing CDs and DVDs alongside C3 Automation, which provides solutions in the control, communications and computing fields. Mobile communications systems vendor, SOL Telecom FZE, will also be exhibiting under the DAFZA umbrella. Established in 1996, the zone is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai and is located within the boundary of Dubai International Airport. It offers light industrial units, infrastructure and land for development, particularly for companies typically trading in low volume, high value products. Also sharing the stand is Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the semiconductor park that functions under the administration of DAFZA. DSO is particularly focusing on its Microelectronics Innovation Centre, which is set to open in November and kick off the development's 20-year expansion roadmap. It has been gearing up for the centre’s opening by partnering with recruitment firms to secure skilled engineers from around the region and the CIS countries. DSO has also inked a deal with US design tool provider, Synopsys, which will allow it to provide subsidised design automation tools to prospective partners. It says that six companies will be located in the centre on Sheikh Zayed Road and will focus on developing chips for the wireless analogue market. “We looked at the challenges of the design industry and we concluded that the main things they need are talent, automation tools and intellectual property protection laws,” says Dr. Salem Abuzeid, chief marketing officer of DSO. “These are the main areas where we think we can make a real impact. The way we have differentiated ourselves from places like India is the focus on the analogue space. Also, our total cost of operations, we think, will be about 20% lower. Our original plan was to establish the centre when DSO’s headquarters will be ready, in Q106. But due to demand, we have to acquire a building immediately, fit it up and make it available,” he adds. Stand P7-1, www.dafza.ae

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