Dubai computer traders await final formality

Computer resellers on Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road are on the verge of gaining the authorisation they need to launch the inaugural Dubai Computer Traders Group (DCTG) — an association that will convene on a weekly basis to serve the interests of Dubai’s sprawling IT reseller community.

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  May 29, 2007

Computer resellers on Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road are on the verge of gaining the authorisation they need to launch the inaugural Dubai Computer Traders Group (DCTG) — an association that will convene on a weekly basis to serve the interests of Dubai’s sprawling IT reseller community.

PC dealers operating in Dubai’s ‘Computer Street’ — a regional hub for the sale and re-export of IT equipment — have been working to establish an official association for almost two years. Those efforts are finally poised to bear fruit in the coming weeks when the Dubai Chamber of Commerce grants the DCTG a licence permitting it to operate as a recognised group.

The DCTG’s bylaws and constitution received approval from the government earlier this year, but the group requires a licence before it can officially announce its formation and begin collecting funds from prospective members.

Channel Middle East understands that representatives from the DCTG — which will operate as a not-for-profit organisation — met with the Chamber of Commerce at the end of April and were promised that the licence would be granted once the necessary paperwork had been completed.

That process is expected to happen before the start of June, according to Rakesh Bohra, general manager of the WiFi Computer Zone and a key figure behind the creation of the DCTG. “We have already been given clearance, but still need to get a certificate. We are just waiting for that to happen and then we can make a public announcement,” explained Bohra. Once it is up and running, the DCTG intends to act as a forum for resellers to voice their concerns, share information and address issues such as credit and pricing. It will abide by the principles of “unity, security, profitability, integrity and governance”, and seek to strengthen relations with manufacturers.

Speaking to Channel Middle East earlier this year, Talal Ahmed Al Zaabi, chairman of Dubai reseller Grandsys and temporary chairman of the DCTG, said the formation of the group was vital to the future of Computer Street. “We need the Dubai market to be a healthy market and without a group linking all these shops together that won’t be the case,” he explained.

One of the initiatives the DCTG has planned is the creation of a logo that members can carry on invoices and other documents to show they are part of the group and conform to its guidelines. “We already have 200 resellers signed up [to join the group] and no sooner than we are allowed to make an official announcement I am sure we will have 600 people on board,” added Bohra, who estimates that as many as 2,500 computer dealers ply their trade in Dubai.

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