PC shipments in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), grew 4.4 percent in Q1 2001, IDC preliminary data indicate. This rise in sales is reportedly fuelled mainly by strong business sales and double-digit growth in notebook sales.
Gilbert Lacroix, general manager for Intel Middle East and North Africa, forecasted that PC sales in the Middle East and North Africa will reach $1.8 million by the end of 2001, with the UAE’s 2001 sales hitting $140,000.
In a GITEX 2001 press release, Lacroix noted that growth rates of 28 to 35 percent throughout the region can be attributed to a variety of reasons, among them the booming economy due to high oil prices, the region’s young population and e-initiatives like Dubai Internet City, undertaken by governments throughout the region.
Acer’s Gulf operations have reported a 54 percent growth rate in the first quarter of 2001. Aman Khan, Acer Computer marketing specialist, said the company expects to double its growth rates throughout the GCC and Middle East regions by the end of year 2001, reflecting Acer’s focus on small and medium enterprises (SME).
“Earlier this year Acer adopted a new strategic structure... It will continue to focus on the mobile segment, investing in the development of advance mobile computing technologies,” said Khan, adding that in GITEX 2001, Acer will focus on “storage solutions, particularly network attached storage for the SME market segment.”
GITEX 2001, the Middle East’s largest and most important IT event, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centro, October 14-18, 2001, will feature the launch of numerous new PCs, notebooks and pocket-PCs offering wireless Internet connectivity.
In 1999, the DWTC sought to expand the event’s international presence with the launch of GITEX Cairo in April. Termium-GITEX Beirut was held in September 2000 for the first time, taking the expansion plan a step further. ― (MENA Report)
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