Nedaa and Nokia set Dubai as HQ of Innovation Lab
Under the agreement is the Emiratisation of all positions and the training and qualifications of employed UAE nationals
Nedaa, the Dubai Government security networks provider, has signed an agreement with Nokia formally designating Dubai as the headquarters of its Innovation and Creativity Lab.
In December 2016, Nedaa and Nokia had formed a strategic partnership to develop the lab as a key contributor to Dubai's ‘Smart City' initiative envisioned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
A key stipulation under the Nedaa-Nokia agreement is the Emiratisation of all positions and the training and qualifications of employed UAE nationals. Nokia will also grant Nedaa and approved technology partner Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions access to its advanced radio systems and Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT), the company's IoT platform.
Mansoor Bu Osaiba, CEO, Nedaa, said: "We will be bringing top Emirati talents onboard in keeping with the UAE's vision of empowering its citizens to proactively participate in key sectors such as information and communications technology (ICT) that will underpin country's transition to a post-oil era. We look forward to commencing the lab's operations within the next few months."
Amr El-Leithy, head of Middle East & Africa, Nokia, added: "After months of scouting we now have a worthy base of operations for our Innovation and Creativity Lab from where we will partner with Nedaa to innovate Dubai's ICT landscape. This latest development takes us several steps closer towards achieving Dubai's dream of an inclusive, connected and technology-empowered society."
The Nedaa-Nokia Innovation and Creativity Lab is scheduled to start operations within the next few months.