Brad Smith met with Vice Chairman and President of the Company

Maktoum bin Mohammed discusses partnership and cooperation between the UAE and Microsoft

Maktoum bin Mohammed during his reception with Brad Smith. From the source

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), met yesterday at his office in the Centre with Brad Smith, Vice Chairman and President of Microsoft.

The meeting dealt with the partnership and cooperation relations between Microsoft and the UAE and the prospects for developing this partnership, in light of the great interest that the UAE attaches to the technology sector, as it represents a strategic value as a main pillar of the future work environment and in line with the UAE's directions in the transformation towards the digital environment and the ambitious goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda aimed at increasing the contribution of digital transformation to AED 100 billion to Dubai's economy annually over the next 10 years.

During the meeting, they reviewed the overall work of Microsoft in the UAE, as well as its work in the region, from its headquarters in Dubai Internet City, where it is one of the most prominent companies joining its growing technology community, the largest of its kind in the region, with its launch more than 20 years ago, which today includes thousands of companies specialized in various fields of technology and digital solutions. They also discussed the company's future plans in the region, in light of the rapid development efforts witnessed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and efforts to benefit from the digital environment and smart solutions to accelerate the pace of comprehensive development within various sectors.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Mohammed bin Hadi Al Husseini, the Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre, Essa Kazim, the Chairman of TECOM Group, Malik Sultan Al Malik, and the Executive Director of the Office of Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications in the UAE Government, Saqr bin Ghalib.

• The UAE is interested in the technology sector because of its strategic value as a main pillar of the future work environment and the transformation towards the digital environment.