Egypt set to become no1 outsourcing destination

Egypt could soon replace India as the first choice for businesses looking to outsource elements of their IT solutions, a firm has claimed.

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By  Administrator Published  September 8, 2007

Egypt could soon replace India as the first choice for businesses looking to outsource elements of their IT solutions, a firm has claimed.

LINKdotNET, one of the largest internet service and solutions providers in the Middle East reports that Egyptian software development companies are increasingly attracting business from the Arabian Gulf region.

The company points to a recent study by Yankee Group that dubbed Egypt "the new India of the Middle East" as further evidence of this shift. Hanan Abdel Meguid, chief solutions officer, LINKdotNEt and CEO of LINK Development insists that Middle Eastern businesses can benefit from 'nearshoring' and that making the change can increase operational efficiency.

"Because Egypt shares a lot of its culture with the Middle East region we have a lot to offer companies looking to outsource," he says. "We are competitive in terms of pricing, but the main benefit for companies in the Gulf is our ability to meet their business needs in a more complete manner."

As well as cultural continuities, Meguid says, local outsourcing can improve the logistics of your business.

"One of the issues if you are outsourcing to India can be the different time zones, which is not an issue for most of Middle Eastern countries if you are dealing with Egypt. We also appreciate that certain events and dates are important to the region and can accommodate that."

Of course, the most obvious benefit of outsourcing to Egypt is the shared language, Meguid notes.

"The Arabic language is a great differentiator for us - even though there are dialects across the Arabic world, the popularity of Egyptian film and music means we can communicate successfully and are at home with building Arabic systems.

LINKdotNET is launching its Unified Communications solution at GITEX Technology Week.

The solution integrates various communication tools in order to facilitate collaboration across virtual teams. It is designed to enhance work mobility by allowing employees to access content they would normally have on PCs, using their mobile devices.

4023 days ago

I wonder why we have these subjective patriotic comments! EGYPT is the NO 1 OUTSOURCING DESTINATION in the MENA region - fact. Commenting on who is no1 worldwide - INDIA. They got an early start & uncountable human resources.

4028 days ago

Quality & Presentation is the key now for middle east market. You will find many IT companies in India lacks with Quality & Presentation (specially english), if IT companies in Egypt can provide both of these i am sure skills and manpower is there to replace most importantly they can speak the language Arabic.

4028 days ago

Its a common trend these days. 5 companies open shop in ur country and presto the recepient country starts flying the 'I am No.1 Outsourcing Destination' banner. The last time I heard it was in Malaysia.  
Dude....quantity or quality...the numbers will never add up against India for Egypt. This aint patriotic jingoism. Its pure facts.

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