Dubai an IT outsourcing 'loser'

21 October 2008

Dubai is the technology 'loser' in its efforts to be a high-end outsourcing hub, according to a new report on the outsourcing sector in the Middle East. The Yankee Group report, 'Can Middle Eastern Countries Fulfill the Eastern Promise?', said that high property costs, poor public transport and a lack of incumbent IT skills put it in a weak position, despite developments such as Silicon Oasis. The report's author, Tony Marson, told AME Info that anyone who thinks that 'this is going to become the IT outsourcing hub of the Gulf has got the wrong head on'. He praised Egypt as having the right combination of skills, training and infrastructure, claiming it was leading other Middle East nations for outsourcing. Abu Dhabi was also praised, as were Oman and Bahrain.

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