There are so many areas on which Dubai and Cisco can collaborate. The most important one is data sovereignty in terms of who owns and protects it. Data, government, citizens, and business security are all important aspects of that as well. There are always the standard challenges that we are very familiar with that have to do with hardware and software integration. In addition certain practices and policies must be implemented to change the regulatory environment. The use and ability of data has to do with the governance of data, and that will become more prevalent and visible as we start hearing more of where we are in the initiative and as the government reveals new services and aspects of smart Dubai. Our overall strategy for the country is to do business, succeed, and grow, but more importantly to contribute in a longer-term fashion. We are striving to contribute to the digitization that is taking place in the country and to help the nation become more competitive.
Jul. 7, 2015
Managing Director, Cisco UAE
General Manager, Huawei UAE
Huawei has enjoyed a presence in the UAE for over a decade. The country remains a significant one for Huawei as both a growth driver and a region where Huawei contributes to building a better-connected world. Furthermore, the role of ICT has never been more important to the fabric of the UAE's national development vision. Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud computing. All three of Huawei's main business groups—carrier, enterprise, and consumer—are active in the UAE and serve both local customers and those across the wider Middle East. Last year we even launched a Smart City Center of Excellence in the Middle East to assist governing bodies and telecoms operators in driving smart city initiatives from concept to reality. Today, this center acts as a knowledge hub for industry professionals to share best practices that will prove fundamental in improving the quality-of-life of citizens in the UAE.
Samer Ramez Abu Ltaif
Regional General Manager, Microsoft Gulf
I would say that, in alignment with the government and the trends of the industry, the work that we have done in driving the adoption of cloud computing in the region has been phenomenal. While this trend has been growing in the Gulf at a rate of about 50%, our growth has been about 450% last year, which gives you an idea of our ability to outgrow the market and also the dominance of Microsoft's activity, which is very important. This is the value that SMEs and government entities can have from us and also we built a partner ecosystem in the Gulf over 20 years so that today there are over 1,500 companies that cooperate within this ecosystem and we are taking them with us to the cloud. The second is the work we are doing in education. I am excited about the fact that Microsoft picked Dubai to host the Global Forum in Education. Microsoft has some large and strategic projects in education such as the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program.
Regional Director, MENA, Intel
Our strategy is simple: if it computes, it computes best with Intel. We are committed to innovate and shape computing in all its forms. Our product portfolio has changed to reflect that. For 45 years Intel has been pioneering microprocessor technology for the modern world, setting the wheels in motion for technology advancements every person on earth relies on every day. Today Intel provides the essential technologies to make all things smart and connected. Over the last few years, the opportunities have been primarily driven by the consumer. There has been a lot of growth in consumers that represents more than 60% of our business in the region. We have a very young population, with 50% of the MENA region below 30 years old. If I look to 2015 and beyond, we see high performance computing growth in the region.