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IBM opens new Qatar office

New Doha office opened as part of growth market strategy

The new Doha office opening is part of IBM's focus on expansion in growth markets.
The new Doha office opening is part of IBM's focus on expansion in growth markets.

IBM has opened a new branch office in Doha, Qatar.

The office opening is part of IBM's global expansion strategy, to increase its presence in growth markets around the world.

"IBM is placing a strong emphasis on investment in the Middle East as we recognize the opportunities presented by high growth rates and an increasingly competitive market. Our expansion strategy in the region is significant and ongoing and Qatar is a key focus in the market as we undertake that expansion," said Amr Refaat, IBM general manager for Middle East and Pakistan.

"We are looking forward to contributing to Qatar's vision of transitioning to a competitive knowledge-based economy, by expanding IBM's expertise in IT services and solutions with the aim of strengthening organizations and helping businesses achieve their objectives," added Refaat.

The company has been expanding in the Middle East and Africa, with the opening of an office in Mauritius last month, and in Angola, Senegal and Tanzania in 2011.

"IBM's investment in Qatar is a significant development, given that the country's ICT market is being fuelled by the rapid pace of economic development and diversification initiatives. IDC believes that ICT end-users and channel partners will benefit greatly from IBM's expanded presence, as the country continues to attract foreign ICT investment by creating an attractive business environment through pushing improvements in competitive infrastructure. These are particularly prevalent in the telecommunications environment, as well as in business incentives, regulation, and transparency," commented Jyoti Lalchandani, vice president and regional MD, IDC MEA.