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Russia-based OCR firm ABBYY opens Dubai office

JLT base marks first point of presence for firm in Middle East

ABBYY IT Dubai is housed in Jumeirah Lake Towers.
ABBYY IT Dubai is housed in Jumeirah Lake Towers.

Moscow-based OCR specialist ABBYY today announced the opening of an office in the UAE as the company's first point of presence in the Middle East.

ABBYY IT Dubai is housed in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai and is tasked with providing sales and marketing support to ABBYY's partners and customers across the region.

The company sees its Middle East debut as "an important milestone in ABBYY's ongoing strategy of business development and strengthening channel partnership in the region".

"We have reached the point where we can implement projects of an enormous scale aimed to preserve Arabic cultural heritage and digitise precious paper archives, and this definitely requires a direct involvement," said Helen Pospelova, CEO of ABBYY.

ABBYY's product portfolio includes its FineReader family of optical character-recognition (OCR) products for developers, businesses and consumers; FlexiCapture solutions for data and document capture; and Recognition Server for e-archiving. ABBYY said all its products support Arabic language, and take account of the "technical and legislative specifics of the region".

"As of today, we have implemented over 100 projects on the basis of ABBYY solutions both in the government and private sectors of the region," said Igor Shkamratov, regional manager, Middle East and Africa, ABBYY.

"ABBYY technologies processes over 9.3bn pages of documents annually with a significant part of this workflow coming from the Middle East. The true value of innovations is in the resources and possibilities they provide for the region. Tens of millions of US dollars are saved every year by automating paper-bound processes - to be invested into economic and cultural development, creation of new jobs and improving quality of life."