e-government software company sets up in Dubai

Accela opens regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City

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e-government software company sets up in Dubai Majed Al Suwaidi, director of Business Development at Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone said that DIC provides the perfect location for Accela.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 1, 2011

US-based e-government software solutions provider, Accela, has announced that it has established its regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City (DIC).

The company hopes that by setting up in Dubai it will be able to expend easily into the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond.

"DIC provides an unparalleled business environment for companies that are leaders in their markets and committed to long-term success in the region," said Khaled W Jaouni, managing director of Accela's Middle East and North Africa operations.  "We believe that DIC's central location and world-class infrastructure will provide the ideal underpinning for Accela's continued expansion in the Middle East."

Accela will also have offices situated in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.

Accela entered the Middle East market in 2008 and has maintained a broad-based project presence in Abu Dhabi. It has also appointed a UAE-based managing director and hired locally-based staff.

The software firm is also forging reseller agreements with several systems integrators in neighboring GCC countries.

"With market demands getting diverse, specialized IT companies are seeing a growing potential in this region. This is a positive sign for these markets as IT spends are diverted towards alternative solutions and technologies. DIC has played its role as a catalyst in attracting new companies and technologies to the region and will continue to do so. DIC welcomes Accela, a leading software company, to base its regional headquarters at the ICT free zone, and we are confident the company will establish market leadership and benefit from the host of services at the business park, including networking avenues with similar companies and state-of-the-art infrastructure," said Majed Al Suwaidi, director of Business Development at Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone.

Accela is hoping that its flagship enterprise software application, Accela Automation, will garner interest from governments across the Middle East and North Africa region. The software is used to automate tasks associated with permitting, licensing, code enforcement, community development and planning, inspections and investigations, infrastructure asset management and emergency response. The software is available in a localised Arabic version and can be integrated into GIS systems, empower mobile workers, and offer 24/7 access to services via the web or interactive voice response. 

"The UAE and Gulf region are among the world's most economically vibrant, with a commitment to innovation and modernisation," said Jaouni.  "We see enormous interest and potential among regional governments to leverage next-generation technologies that will boost their efficiency and augment their position as magnets for business.  Accela's solutions can help these governments achieve their ambitious goals." 

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