Knowledge Oasis Muscat promotes IT park’s benefits

Although it was only inaugurated in September 2003, KOM already boasts over 35 hi-tech tenants from Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East

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By  Gitex Staff Writer Published  September 25, 2005

Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) is one of the most recent technology parks to be unveiled in the Middle East. And, although it was only inaugurated in September 2003, KOM already boasts over 35 hi-tech tenants from Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East — a figure the organisation is looking to swell at Gitex this week. In addition, KOM is also telling visitors to its stand about its advanced business incubator programme and two IT tertiary institutes, which boast in excess of 1,000 undergraduates. “We have an interesting mix of people on the park, ranging from blue chip ‘household IT names’, small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs), start-ups through to IT undergraduates. In this regard, KOM has rapidly developed a strong and vibrant international reputation,” says Ibtisam Al-Faruji, marketing assistant at KOM. “KOM is currently expanding, with over 10,000 square metres of office accommodation being built. Indeed, this is in response to demand for state-of-the-art office space. We’ll be talking to Gitex visitors this week about the park’s expansion and the fantastic opportunities this offers,” she adds. This is the second visit to Gitex for KOM, and during last year’s event the technology park’s marketing and communications team met a number of key visitors. More importantly, it also managed to attract new tenants to its facilities and the team hopes to do the same this year. “We take our participation at Gitex seriously. For the park’s marcomms team it’s an opportunity to network and meet with potential KOM tenants,” Al-Faruji says. “Indeed, given the expansion of KOM, the park’s state-of-art infrastructurre, the financial incentives offered by the Omani Government, and the secure and inspirational working environment that exists at Knowledge Oasis Muscat, we’ve got an awful a lot to talk about,” she adds. Dubai is an appropriate place to celebrate the growth of the Middle East’s information technology market, according to Al-Faruji, as it is witnessing a boom in IT spending. “We’re very excited about KOM’s expansion and believe that fcompanies looking to either expand or set-up hi-tech businesses in the Gulf will be interested in what we have to offer,” she adds. “We’re upbeat about the Gulf’s IT market, and we receive daily enquiries from ICT firms looking for office space. Indeed, we filled over 12,000 square metres of office accommodation in under 15 months,” Al-Faruji says. “We’ve a business incubator programme that is over subscribed, we hold monthly networking meets for the ICT community — and annual conferences, both of which are very well attended. In brief, we’re bullish about the region’s information communication technology market.”

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