Gateway, a US desktop PC producer, has been awarded an 8 million dirhams supply, support and training deal from the UAE Ministry of Education & Youth. Under the deal, Gateway, through its UAE re-seller Al Yousuf Computers group, will supply 1,707 PCs, 38 servers and 236 inkjet and laser printers to more than 150 schools throughout the Emirates by November-end. Al Yousuf Computers will supply three years of ground support and training.
"The deal is in line with Federal Government efforts to bring Information Technology into all UAE schools," said Mohd Juma Bin Hindi, director of finance department at the UAE Ministry of Education and Youth. "We are creating a new generation of IT-literate students who will leave school capable of interacting with global industry advances."
Gateway’s E-4200 managed desktop product line, was selected following a competitive technical evaluation process. Designed for corporate and educational environments, the E-4200 utilizes Intel Pentium III processor technology.
The deal is the second Al Yousuf Computers has won from the UAE Ministry of Education. In 1998 the company supplied 1,600 computers to 80 schools.
Gateway, a Fortune 250 company founded in 1985, ranked first in US consumer PC revenue in 1999 and was rated among the top ten best corporate reputations in America according to a survey conducted in August of 1999 by Harris Interactive and the reputation Institute and published in The Wall Street Journal. In 1999, Gateway was seventh in total return to shareholders among Fortune 500 companies and tenth in total shareholder returns over the past five years.
Gateway had total global revenue of $8.65 billion in 1999 and shipped 4.68 million systems. Gateway began its European operations in 1993 when it opened its manufacturing plant and European, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Today, the company is established throughout Europe and sells into Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, the UK, Middle East and Africa.