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DiData opens shop in Dubai

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Dimension Data has launched in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with office in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, following the acquisition of a 51% stake in UAE-based systems integrator Data Processing Systems (DPS). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Dimension Data’s growth strategy in the Middle East & Africa region is to partner with local companies. This approach enables the creation of strong locally based companies that have the required in-depth knowledge and experience of local markets and are able to leverage the global best practice and expertise.
DPS has been operating in the UAE market for 25 years, and has a solid client base including Etisalat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Emaar, Limitless, Gulf News, Al Habtoor Group and AMLAK Financing  The company is a Cisco Silver Certified partner, and also has strategic technology partnerships with Foundry Networks and Nexans.
“Dimension Data has an established track record of delivering world-class ICT services and solutions," says Georges Hannouche, executive chairman of Dimension Data UAE.
"Combined with the local knowledge and skills of DPS and the company’s strong client base, Dimension Data UAE will be able to provide a greater strength and depth of service offering and solutions to the market."
Sideek Rahim, MD of Dimension Data USE, adds: “The opportunities in UAE are enormous and the demand for ICT solutions and services affords Dimension Data UAE with the potential for considerable growth.  The adoption of ICT solutions as an integral component to the operations of buildings, and the trend towards the intelligent buildings, has resulted in significant opportunities across the construction, hotel and financial services industries.
"Dimension Data’s expertise and experience specifically with regards to networking, positions the company well to take advantage of these market opportunities."
Dimension Data has more than 10 000 employees globally and is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner in 22 countries and a Microsoft Gold Partner on five continents.