DAFZA teams up with DSO to raise brand awareness

Together with the Dubai Silicon Oasis, the stand will focus on the government body’s Microelectronics Innovation Centre, which is the first phase of its 20-year roadmap.

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By  Gitex Staff Writer Published  September 25, 2005

This week at Gitex, the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) and Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) are teaming up, along with some of DAFZA’s partner IT companies, to raise brand awareness and highlight their products and services. DSO is at this year’s show with its technology partner companies. Together, they are highlighting the progress they have made so far. In addition, the DSO team will spend the week looking to forge new partnerships with technology companies and universities from around the globe. “DSO is one of the most strategic projects taking place in the world of microelectronics today and is expected to position Dubai as a leading international player at the very forefront of the technology spectrum,” says Dr Mohammed Al Zarouni, chief executive officer, DSO. “The project supports Dubai Government’s plan to diversify and transform the Emirate into a knowledge-based economy,” he adds. The DSO stand is focusing on the government body’s Microelectronics Innovation Centre, which is the first phase of its 20-year roadmap. The MIC focuses on providing a complete platform of products and services essential to companies creating the next generation integration circuits (IC) in areas like wireless communications, network security and multimedia. According to the DSO team, the MIC has already attracted several Silicon Valley companies that are setting up their MIC Design Centres to capitalise on the Middle East region’s inexpensive engineering talent, cost-effective design tools and high-end turnkey design infrastructure. “DSO has been envisioned as an innovation-driven technology community of 50,000 people housing microelectronics- and optoelectronics-related enterprises, a state-of-the-art MIC, fabrication plants, research and development centres and specialised academic institutions and residential areas,” Dr Al Zarouni says. “The 7.2 million square metre technology park is the first and only one of its kind in the region. Our full-scale participation at Gitex this week with key technology partners signals that the project is well on its way to meeting its objectives. We are looking forward to signing on new partners for our projects at the show,” he adds. DSO’s long term plan calls for initial focus on attracting IC design companies looking at building infrastructure for future IC manufacturing and assembly. Investments in the high-tech design and manufacturing industry at DSO are estimated to exceed US$10 billion to US$ 15 billion, over a period of 20 years. Also appearing at the DAFZA and DSO stand this week are optical disc maker Planet Optical Disc, mobile communication systems provider Workz ME, and I2, a distributor of mobile phone devices.

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