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Microsoft opens Open Door UAE

Microsoft's flagship technology education event opens in Dubai

Microsoft is marking its 20th Anniversary of operations in the Gulf, says Abou-Ltaif.
Microsoft is marking its 20th Anniversary of operations in the Gulf, says Abou-Ltaif.

Microsoft's Open Door UAE began today in Dubai. The event brings together partners and IT professionals for an insight into upcoming Microsoft technologies.

The event is being held under the patronage of Dubai eGovernment, and was launched by keynote addresses from HE Ahmad bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment, Malek Al Malek, Managing Director, Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone and Samer Abu-Ltaif, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf.

The two day event includes technical break-out sessions and briefings on upcoming products, including Windows 8, Windows Phone, Dynamics CRM 2011, System Centre 2012, Kinect and other Microsoft technologies.

Microsoft is also celebrating 20 years of operations in the Gulf, said Abu-Ltaif.

"Open Door is the premier, and most compelling technology and education event we have in the UAE, and this year we are also marking 20 years in the Gulf region. We started in Dubai in 1992, and since then we have built a business and an ecosystems of partners that has made an impact on people over the past two decades," he said.

"We are very proud to be celebrating Microsoft's 20th Anniversary in the region with Dubai eGovernment, Dubai Internet City as well as our partners, customers and all IT professionals attending the UAE Open Door," he added.

Microsoft has grown to a team of over 600 employees from 47 nationalities working with more than 1,500 partners across the region.

Abu-Ltaif also noted the positive effect Microsoft has been able to make on communities in the region in 20 years. The Partners in Learning program has helped improve IT usage in education for over 290,000 educators and students in the region, and the Microsoft IT Academy program, lauinched in the UAE with the Ministry of Education, will reach 250,000 students across 200 high schools in the Emirates, and the company highlighted a number of other charitable initiatives it has been involved with in the Gulf.

Microsoft also marked the success of its Microsoft Virtual Academy, which has provided over free IT training to over 2,800 IT professionals in the region, with certificates presented to the top three achievers from the program.