Global giant Accenture says to open digital hub in Dubai's District 2020
Company follows Siemens in committing to setting up home on Expo 2020 site post-event
Global professional services company Accenture will open a digital hub in District 2020, the legacy site of Expo 2020 Dubai.
This initiative signals Accenture's support of the UAE government's initiative to accelerate economic and social development through the World Expo and its legacy.
It is the second global company this year to announce plans to set up a base in District 2020 after Siemens.
In July, Accenture was selected as the Digital Services Premier Partner and Systems Integrator for Expo 2020 and will work with Etisalat Digital, a business unit of Etisalat.
Unveiled this week at Cityscape Global 2017, District 2020 is an urban development that builds on the journey of the Expo.
The decision by Accenture to open its digital hub following Expo 2020 was welcomed by Marjan Faraidooni, senior vice president of Legacy Development and Impact at Expo 2020 Dubai.
"As a Premier Partner of Expo 2020, Accenture is already playing an important role in making the first World Expo in the region a can't-miss experience for millions," she said.
"By confirming it will open a digital hub at District 2020, the company is also demonstrating its faith in Dubai as a gateway to global markets, especially in Africa and Asia, and the vision of the UAE's leaders for the future."
Earlier this year, Siemens, one of the world's largest manufacturing and electronic companies, announced that it would establish a global headquarters for airports, cargo and ports logistics at the site post 2021.
Faraidooni added: "Accenture is exactly the type of dynamic, forward-looking company that will be at home among the many other innovators and forward-thinking companies that will be drawn to District 2020.
"We anticipate that many more world-class companies will follow the example of Accenture and Siemens by establishing a presence at what promises to be a wonderful place to live, work and explore."
District 2020 includes 65,000 square metres of residential space and 135,000 square metres of commercial space in a location designed for sustainability that is home to innovation, education, culture and entertainment.
(Source: Arabian Business)