Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced the opening of its first Middle East IT Competence Center located in Bahrain to support the advancement of the country’s overall IT and telecommunications industry while acting as an excellence hub for innovation at the global level.
Huawei established its Middle East headquarters over 10 years ago in Bahrain and has offices across 10 countries with over 3,500 employees—of whom over 62% are local hires. In the Middle East, Huawei is most actively involved in Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Pakistan.
The Middle East is one of the fastest growing regions for Huawei around the world. Huawei’s regional contract sales across the Middle East in 2011 totaled USD3.22 billion, a 20% increase from the previous year.
The new IT Competence Center center is started particularly to develop high-level IT competencies of students up to senior-level professionals.
Over the coming years, this will include a host of new jobs being created while cooperating with local Bahrain universities and education institutions on global research projects, providing an independent IT training program to students from across the Middle East, and equipping Huawei’s customers in Bahrain with the latest IT support tools to further advance communication networks in the Kingdom.
“Huawei Global Competence Centers are an innovative component of Huawei’s global strategy to provide ICT industry leaders with reliable and consistent service anywhere anytime,”
notes Mr. Shi Yaohong, President of Huawei Middle East.
“Huawei has recently set up similar regional hubs in countries such as USA, India and China, and we believe Bahrain is one of the important strategic markets within the Middle East region given its widespread investments in the fields of education and support for cutting-edge communication networks.”
Huawei has been operating in the Middle East for over 10 years and has built several landmark ICT projects within Bahrain including work on the recent IT Outsourcing projects for customers across the Kingdom, leveraging the company’s proven global experience and technical expertise.
With Huawei’s vast technological experience in 150 countries worldwide, the company’s latest investment will help create jobs in the IT field while ensuring that local telecom subscribers will have access to some of the most advanced broadband technologies in the world.