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SAP to open training institute at Silicon Oasis

SAP institute to develop workforce and localized solutions

(l-r) Sam Alkharrat, SAP MENA Managing Director; Dr. Werner Brandt, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board member, SAP; HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, DSOA; and Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DSOA.
(l-r) Sam Alkharrat, SAP MENA Managing Director; Dr. Werner Brandt, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board member, SAP; HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, DSOA; and Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DSOA.

SAP has announced that it will develop a new training and development institute at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO).

The institute aims to increase the number of SAP certified consultants in the region, and to enhance efforts to Arabize SAP applications.

The plans for the new facility were announced today by with Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, DSOA vice chairman and chief executive officer, Dr. Werner Brandt, SAP chief financial officer and executive board member, and Sam Alkharrat, SAP MENA managing director.

SAP aims to certify 2,000 new consultants over four years, and to improve Arabization and localization of SAP solutions.

The institute will also develop links with universities in the SAP University Alliance program, which currently include 26 institutions in the MENA region.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, commented: "The UAE's Vision 2021 continues to serve as the fundamental framework for all Dubai-based entities. Dubai's strategy is underpinned by technology, which is supported by innovation, research and science as key pillars for the development of a knowledge-based economy. Today, the signing of this agreement further enhances Dubai's 2021 Vision into moving to an economy that is based on the development and creation of UAE's local Emirati's skills."

"The institute is the direct result of addressing our market, customer and ecosystem needs, and will serve as a powerful engine to yield vital jobs, knowledge, innovation and infrastructure capable of progressively shaping MENA's business future," said Brandt.

"This is a landmark day for SAP and further proof that we are dedicated to developing our business in the MENA region," said Alkharrat. "By moving forward with a project of this magnitude, we are laying down a highly effective infrastructure that will not only benefit us as a company, but also our customers and the regional economy. We will co-create and co-innovate with customers and partners, and the ripple effect will be felt well beyond the boundaries of the DSO campus."

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