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Canon expands into Dubai Internet City

Canon Middle East yesterday opened its new regional headquarters at the fast expanding high-tech business park, Dubai Internet City.

Canon Middle East yesterday opened its new regional headquarters at the fast expanding Dubai Internet City.

Canon first set up an office in central Dubai in 1998, but has remained since then only a satellite subsidiary of the European administration. In late 1999, following the announcement of the Dubai Internet City initiative by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Canon entered into negotiations to expand into the proposed high-tech industry park. “Then DIC was a bold and distant vision,” said Mr Gordon Jones, president Canon Middle East. “Within two years, though, it has become a reality.”

The opening was also attended by Hajime Tsuruoka, president and CEO of Canon Europe, who explained that the new office “symbolises our desire to establish a truly independent sales and marketing office for the region.

“The Middle East is one of the fastest expanding markets for Canon,” he continued. “Our regional sales grew by almost 40 per cent last year. With our new headquarters, we hope to grow even faster, both in traditional imaging products as well as new multimedia technologies.”

The company’s presence at Dubai Internet City will help to make their ‘Canon over IP’ vision — where Canon products will be connectible over the Internet — a reality for the Middle East. The location will allow them to build closer relationships with other high-tech companies to develop future products and services.

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