Tuesday 21 May 2019

Cisco launches innovation centre in Dubai

DUBAI, November 8, 2017

Cisco, a global leader in IT and networking, has launched a state-of-the-art Innovation and Experience Center (IXC) at its Middle East regional hub in Dubai, UAE.

The center will serve as a hub for open innovation and showcase what is possible with digital transformation in sectors that range from retail and hospitality to healthcare, education, and financial services, reported Wam, the Emirates official news agency.

The IXC is a first of its kind worldwide in that it combines innovation capability with a customer experience showcase to bring digitization to life for Cisco’s customers and our partners. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the latest Cisco solutions applied to real-world, real-time scenarios and get a 360-degree view of technologies that deliver tangible business outcomes.

The center was inaugurated by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chief executive of the Emirates Group, together with Chuck Robbins, CEO, Cisco.

"We are keen on cultivating a culture of excellence, innovation, and creativity in our bid to firmly establish Dubai among the most innovative cities in the world," said Sheikh Ahmed.

 "Innovation has become a strategic imperative that not only drives growth for our economy, but also plays a critical role in the pursuit of happiness for citizens, residents, and visitors of our nation. Cisco’s decision to base its Middle East Innovation and Experience Center in Dubai reflects the city’s stature as an emerging, dynamic global innovation hub and will support the region’s organizations and businesses to raise the bar for innovation."

"In today’s highly dynamic, fast-moving world, we must accelerate our pace of innovation like never before," said Robbins. "Our new Innovation and Experience Center takes a unique approach that will help governments and businesses across the region develop solutions leading to greater opportunities for citizens and customers in the digital age."

"Innovation and the transition to digital are high priorities for governments across our region," said David Meads, vice president, Middle East and Africa, Cisco. "The Innovation and Experience Center is a statement of our intent and illustrates our commitment to the region. The center aligns closely to the UAE’s National Innovation Strategy and will serve as a platform to accelerate the digital journey for our customers and enhance their competitiveness in the digital era."

Serving the entire Middle East region, the virtual experience facility will extend over 9000 sq ft and offer live in-person and remote demos on Cisco’s solutions. The IXC will also facilitate closer collaboration between Cisco’s channel and global industry partners to cultivate a dynamic ecosystem across the region. – TradeArabia News Service

 A video of the inauguration and the centre can be viewed here.

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