Middle East UAE Microsoft Reaffirms Commitment to the UAE’s IT Sector at Open Door
Microsoft Reaffirms Commitment to the UAE’s IT Sector at Open Door
• Microsoft celebrates 20 years of IT innovation in the Gulf and reveals vision for the future of productivity.
• From 1992 to date, Microsoft Gulf has grown to a team of over 600 employees from 47 nationalities working with more than 1,500 partners across the region.
• Open Door UAE is under the patronage of Dubai egovernment and the sponsorship of Dubai Internet City - also supported by HP and IBM as strategic partners across the Gulf. The two-day technology event focuses on the latest collaborative, cloud-based technology solutions including Office 365, System Center 2012 and Windows Server 8.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Dubai, UAE

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 09 April 2012 — Microsoft in collaboration with Dubai Internet City today kicked-off the Microsoft Open Door event taking place in Dubai, UAE. Held under the patronage of Dubai eGovernment, the two day event brings the next generation of technology products and services to the UAE and aims at providing IT professionals with an opportunity to experience a range of soon-to-be-release solutions from Microsoft and its partners.

The UAE edition of Microsoft Open Door has coincided with Microsoft’s 20th Anniversary in the GCC region. To mark this milestone, Microsoft shared its business vision for the future and celebrated past achievements, reaffirming its commitment to the UAE and the GCC region. The Microsoft journey in the Gulf region began 20 years ago during which the company has established operations for every nation in the region. From 1992 to date, Microsoft has grown to a team of over 600 employees from 47 nationalities working with more than 1,500 partners across the region.

“We are very proud to be celebrating Microsoft’s 20th Anniversary in the region with Dubai eGovernment, Dubai Internet City as well as our partners, customers and all IT professionals attending the UAE Open Door. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank them for their ongoing support throughout Microsoft’s presence in the region,” said Samer Abu-Ltaif, Regional General Manager, Microsoft Gulf. “The Region as a whole has a vast, untapped potential which encourages companies such as Microsoft and its partners to always be on the lookout for ways to unlock the existing resources and opportunities,”

During the event, Microsoft and its partners gave a special focus to cloud-based solutions and technologies such as Microsoft Office 365, System Center 2012, Windows Azure and Windows 8. The event also shed some light on the value and benefits that cloud computing brings to business and consumer communities in terms of cost-efficiency and productivity. As part of their vision to promote job creation and local economic growth, Microsoft also encouraged IT professionals to equip themselves with the skills to enhance their expertise in cloud computing and virtualization through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).

Speakers at UAE Open Door include H.E. Ahmad bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment and Malek Al Malek, Managing Director, Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone who highlighted the evolution of the IT industry in the region and its plans to continue contributing to the rapid growth and maturity of the economy.

In addition to its in-market functions, the Dubai-based office also acts as the regional headquarters overseeing Microsoft’s activities in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the U.A.E.

For more information
Miriam Farshoukh
PR Lead – Microsoft Gulf
Tel: +971508249774
Email: a-mifars@microsoft.com

Weber Shandwick
Tel: +971 4 3210077
Email: microsoft@ws-mena.com

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Microsoft opened its Dubai-based Middle East office in 1991. Microsoft today has four subsidiaries in the Middle East region: Microsoft Gulf which oversees Microsoft activities in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman and Yemen, Microsoft Arabia covering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Microsoft Egypt and Microsoft North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan that oversees Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine Territories and Pakistan.

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