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
PR Lead – Microsoft Gulf
Tel: +971 4 3210077