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Dimension Data lands in UAE

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 25 April 2008

Dimension Data is set to shake up the UAE corporate reseller market after bagging a majority stake in systems integrator Data Processing Systems (DPS) for an undisclosed sum. The deal also marks the launch of Dimension Data UAE, with offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Dimension Data’s Middle East and Africa growth strategy is based around partnering with local systems integrators with a strong client base, and allowing them to utilise the global skills and expertise within Dimension Data.

DPS has been in the UAE market for 25 years, and has a strong 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 partnerships with Foundry Networks and Nexans.

“Dimension Data has an established track record of delivering world-class ICT services and solutions. 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,” said Georges Hannouche, executive chairman at Dimension Data UAE.

Siddeek Rahim, managing director at Dimension Data UAE, added: “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 been around for 25 years and posted 2007 sales of US$3.8bn. The company, which has close to 11,000 employees, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange Limited. Dimension Data has strategic partnerships with leading technology vendors, including Cisco and Microsoft. Speaking at the Dubai launch of Dimension Data UAE, Cisco’s Angus MacCormick, director strategic accounts advanced technologies, said: “Dimension Data is an industry leader, and Cisco is excited about partnering with them to deliver world class information communication technology solutions to organisations in the UAE.”

The solutions and services offered by Dimension Data in UAE will include network integration, network security, converged communications and advanced infrastructure.

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