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Netgear marks second chapter of Middle East plan with Qatar move

Vendor which only opened a Dubai office six months ago strengthens its regional presence by revealing plans to open its second Gulf representative hub in Qatar

Networking provider Netgear has announced the opening of a local office in Qatar in order to strengthen its foothold in the Middle East market.

Adding to its existing office in the UAE, the vendor will use the Qatari facility to capitalise on growing demands for its products off the back of increased mobile phone and internet usage in the GCC.

Ahmad Zeidan, channel sales manager at Netgear Middle East, said: "We have achieved outstanding success in our Middle Eastern operations so far, registering almost US$2m in revenue since we opened our Dubai office only six months ago. We also have established wide distribution channels covering KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait and Egypt, which underlines our ambitious expansion programme in the Middle East and our serious commitment to fulfilling the high market demands of the region," he added.

Netgear hopes that the appointment of a local Qatari office will expand its regional network by offering customers specialised and localised services to satisfy their needs rather than addressing them remotely.

Netgear claims to have made a conscious decision to bypass the fast-growing Saudi market in favour of Qatar - its first Gulf post outside the UAE.

The vendor says it considered expansion in many locations, but chose Qatar because of its strong economic growth rate.

"As a leading global networking solutions provider, Netgear aims to capitalise on the buoyant ICT industry in the Middle East to expand our presence in the region," said Salman Kaldari, deputy general manager at Netgear Middle East. "In addition to market growth, our decision to expand to Qatar is based on recent initiatives introduced to attract the research and development departments of international vendors, as this means our R&D team will be closer to a significant customer base."

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