Intel takes the Initiative to invest in Middle East

Intel will massively strengthen its Middle East presence this year with the launch of a major initiative to promote technology development in the region. The plan calls for the chip giant to more than double its workforce in the region.

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By  Diana Milne Published  October 30, 2005

Intel will massively strengthen its Middle East presence this year with the launch of a major initiative to promote technology development in the region. The plan calls for the chip giant to more than double its workforce in the region. Through the Digital Transformation Initiative, Intel plans to invest heavily in four areas: local entrepreneurship, education, digital accessibility and specialised technical competencies. Intel said it will be creating many more technology jobs in the region and will establish research and development facilities over a number of years. “Intel has a long term commitment to the Middle East and we want to play a role in helping to develop new technology centres in key regional markets,” said Abdul Rahman Al Jarrar, Intel’s government affairs manager. As part of its commitment to education, Intel intends to offer a new scholarship programme to increase knowledge transfer in the region, which will be offered initially in Egypt, Turkey and Jordan, with the possibility of expanding into other areas in the future, Al Jarrar added. To enable local entrepreneurs to develop their own technology, Intel will be opening a number of competency centres in the Middle East — adding to its existing centres in Abu Dhabi and Beirut. The firm is also investing in software enablement, with Intel’s technical, marketing and business development staff providing support to regional software developers so that they can develop new products and create new markets. The scheme could also see Intel establish a manufacturing centre in the Middle East, Al Jarrar said. “We are stepping up our activities in the region so it’s something that perhaps in the long run will actually lead to that,” he claimed. Earlier this year Intel’s CEO Craig Barnett, told IT Weekly that unless the Gulf countries invest more in IT then they will not be able to compete with the developed economies.

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