Microsoft Gulf Recognized by Dubai World Trade Center and Dubai Convention Bureau for Tech-Ed Middle East

Published March 17th, 2010 - 10:05 GMT

Microsoft Gulf today received an honorary plaque from the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing/ Dubai Convention Bureau in recognition for its efforts in hosting the first Tech-Ed Middle East in the UAE with the aim of developing the region’s technology industry. Tech-Ed, Microsoft’s premier, three day technical education and networking event was one of the main highlights of Dubai’s extensive exhibitions calendar and it attracted over 1500 IT professionals from across the UAE and 38 other countries. Attendees benefited from world-class speakers demonstrating the latest in technology solutions, designed to enhance business productivity and meet the demands of tech-savvy consumers.

Charbel Fakhoury, Regional General Manager, Microsoft Gulf said, “We are glad to have hosted the first Middle East edition of Tech-Ed in a global city like Dubai in association with the Dubai World Trade Center. Bringing Tech-Ed to the Middle East for the first time underlines the company’s long-term commitment to creating meaningful partnerships with organizations and technology professionals in the Middle East. In addition to substantial regional attendance, we also had a sizeable representation of Emirati delegates from both the private and public sectors. Microsoft is investing in the region to foster local talent and develop the skills of the IT populace to help them compete in the global arena. We are very pleased that the event was successful in bringing together the region’s best and brightest IT professionals to discuss key technology trends and share best practices that will transform and drive the success of businesses in the region.”

“Information and communications technology is a crucial focus area for the UAE and it is the level of investment we put in technology today that will shape the economic development and future of the country,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre. “We commend Microsoft for bringing this premier global event to the region, thereby providing local IT professionals with a world-class training platform that educates them on the latest technology innovations.”

Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren, Executive Director,  Dubai Convention Bureau said, “By hosting the first ever Tech.Ed event in the Middle East, Microsoft has clearly demonstrated that it plays an instrumental role in developing the technology  industry while contributing to the UAE’s drive of creating a knowledge-based economy. It proved to be the perfect platform for technology professionals to connect, learn and equip themselves with the skills they need to compete in today’s dynamic marketplace.”

Attendees at Tech-Ed received comprehensive technical education; hands-on learning and deep product exploration sessions around hot technology topics including cloud-computing, virtualization, unified communications and more. Held in partnership with Dubai Convention Bureau, Dubai Internet City, Jumeirah Group, Etisalat, Dell, Intel, HP, AMD and others, the event covered over 150 sessions that were presented by over 70 expert speakers. Microsoft also showcased its ongoing commitment to the development of Arabic language software for the region’s IT community.

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