Cisco set to triple GCC headcount by 2009

Cisco said this week it plans to triple its staff in the Gulf to 1,000 over the next two years as part of continued expansion in the region for the networking giant.

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By  Administrator Published  February 1, 2007

"GCC is a big emerging market for Cisco with its hub based in Dubai. As we are growing at 50% to 60% annually, we also have doubled our team and now expect it to triple over the next two years," Cisco general manager Samer Alkharrat said at the Dubai launch of TREC - Cisco's new range of solutions for the tourism, real estate and construction sectors.

The networking giant currently employs more than 300 people in the region, up from around 100 a year ago.

Alkharrat said the firm would be looking to expand in the areas of sales, engineering and finance, as well as adding extra technical and legal staff.

As previously reported by IT Weekly, TREC is a new vertical-specific range of solutions developed by Cisco to address the increasing demand for intelligence in network infrastructure from the tourism, real estate and construction sectors.

The service, which is comprised of a range of solutions including consultancy, particularly focuses on using internet protocol in construction.

Areas Cisco plans to increase its workforce:

• Sales

• Engineering

• Finance

• Technical

• Legal

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