Dubai Internet City: The Middle East’s Biggest IT Infrastructure

Masood, a computer engineer specializing in networks, has been working in one of the several companies in the Dubai Internet City for the past five years. Since he works so hard to provide me with a comfortable life, I decided to write a post on the place he goes to every single day, except Fridays and some Saturdays – the DIC.

Dubai Internet City (DIC) is an information technology park created by Dubai’s government as a free economic zone, which means that foreign-owned companies can operate without certain restrictions that are prevalent outside the trade-free zones.

Dubai Internet City, a member of the Dubai Holding subsidiary TECOM Investments, opened its doors in October 2000.

 

The economic rules of DIC allow companies to avail themselves of a number of ownership, taxation, and custom related benefits, which are guaranteed for a period of 50 years.

 

DIC is about 25 kilometers south of the center of Dubai city on the famous Shaikh Zayed Road. This area is rapidly becoming the new downtown of Dubai, located between Dubai Marina and Jumeirah, two of the most exclusive and expensive areas of Dubai.

 

DIC is the Middle East’s biggest IT infrastructure and has the largest commercial Internet Protocol Telephony system in the world.

 

On April 2008, DIC’s internet service provider du announced that ALL of its traffic would be routed via the UAE’s censorship proxy, which blocks access to any content deemed ‘inappropriate’.

 

So while DIC sells itself as a business-friendly environment with excellent connectivity, the reality is now one of a heavily censored internet (including websites relating to alcohol and gambling), including Skype, which is completely blocked.

 

Of course, the UAE proxy can be bypassed by various methods, like setting up a VPN to connect securely to a server in a free country such as the USA. This restores full uncensored internet access, with the advantage that UAE authorities can’t snoop on the traffic.

 

 

 

 

DIC presently has over one and a half million square feet of prime commercial office space.

 

There are over 850 companies, including Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Oracle Corporation, Wellogic, Nokia, Siemens, and Sony Ericsson among many others.

 

There are over 10,000 workers based in DIC.

 

DIC is less than 1 kilometer from the sea coast, and is near several five star hotels.

 

The parking lot after office hours.

 

You can find the complete list of companies operating in the Dubai Internet City here.

 

source: Dubai internet city website and wikipedia

 

 

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8 Responses to Dubai Internet City: The Middle East’s Biggest IT Infrastructure

  1. masood says:

    Great post!!! It’s a dream for many IT engineers to work in this place. I have first seen this place during my job hunt, and I remember asking duaa to land a job in this IT environment, Alhmdulillah Allah accepted my dua:).

    I am still with the same company for the past 5 years, this shows my loyalty and attachment to Dubai Internet City:)

    I’m so proud of you!

  2. Ordinary girl says:

    Wow!! Great place Masood bhai is working at! 😉 May Allah bring more success towards his way 🙂

    Yes, it’s very beautiful. I love it when people ask where he works at, and I would answer “DIC”, hehe.

    Ameen!

  3. Jus says:

    I love the blue sky and the palm trees. I wanna go to DUBAI!!!!

    PS: What camera are u using? Ur pictures are very nice!!

    AXA has a branch here, perhaps you can speak to a higher authority to have you transfered here. I’m glad you liked the photos, thanks. I am using a simple, point and shoot, 7 mp Kodak camera.

  4. Amir says:

    Wow…that’s impressive. An Internet city, and the largest VOIP netowork…that is so cool. The infrastructure must be massive. I would ask for a job there too…but alas…too far from my little guys 🙂

    Well done Masood!

    Thanks, Amir. Perhaps when your little guys aren’t so little anymore, you might consider coming here 🙂

  5. masood says:

    SubhanAllah!!! What a quote from the Quran on your blog 🙂
    I simply love it.

  6. Yazi says:

    I certainly look forward to visiting Dubai one day!! 🙂

  7. Niyaz says:

    Wow itz really amazing!!

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