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Moritz Hartmann

General Manager Middle East, Roche Diagnostics

At this moment, we consider Dubai able to provide us with the infrastructure needed to host our regional headquarters. In very specialized fields, it is difficult for us to recruit the right talent, which is one of the main reasons why we are in Dubai. We are always evaluating our options, and maybe one day we will have a warehouse in Saudi Arabia to serve that market better. I foresee this happening in the near future. We evaluated the situation, together with our partners, and came to the conclusion that, for the time being, Dubai is the right place. We want to be understood as the partners of the Ministry of Health and the Dubai Health Authority, as when it comes to in-vitro diagnostics, we possess the greatest knowledge. We are happy to share this with people who request it, and actively want to bring our know-how to the market. This aligns very well with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Anurag Agrawal

Managing Director, Canon Middle East

Canon Middle East moved into its head office at Dubai Internet City (DIC) in 2002. We were the first Japanese imaging company to have set up a regional headquarters at DIC. As the region’s largest dedicated ICT cluster in the MENA region, DIC was a natural fit for us, offering us the right platform to build on our closer-to-customers strategy. The headquarters at DIC allows us to build closer relationships with other renowned technology firms and explore alliances and partnerships that will allow our office and consumer products to be integrated with technologies from software, hardware, and networking companies to complement our philosophy of imaging across networks. Our business objective is to create sustained profitable growth by strengthening our core business, building future solutions and services, and improving our capabilities. Canon Middle East and Africa leads the pace of growth throughout the emerging markets, as we continue to report accelerated growth across all business segments, and transition into a new phase of continuous innovation within the imaging industry.

Peyman Kargar

Managing Director, Peyman Kargar

For me, Dubai is the most dynamic place in the world. If you look at the majority of the international companies located here, you can see that they are managing the region with Dubai as a base. It is clear that there is a multicultural business world in Dubai, so we decided to establish ourselves here. If you consider the whole of the Middle East, our market share is currently at 4.5%. If we focus on the GCC, we have a 1% market share. This is the beginning. If you look at the major countries in the world today, Renault has a market share of more than 10%. We have good products and we know that we can reach at least the 10% level in the Middle East. There is a lot of potential for the brand in this area. Renault is the only worldwide manufacturer that offers a complete range of electric, zero-emission cars. We are waiting for the right timing to bring this offer to our customers here also, in accordance with customer preferences.

David Hadley

CEO, Mediclinic Middle East

We always work very closely with the authorities, and within Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) we do so with the DHCC team. We are faithful believers in the Dubai University Hospital. It is an ambitious plan, and I believe that now the management has revised its objectives, it is going to take a more staggered approach to the construction of the facility. There is no doubt that Dubai needs a medical school to develop specialists, and we are going to support it. Sometimes, the best place to be in a storm is at the eye, and that is the point where Dubai is considering the situation in the wider region. Dubai is a haven from the strife around it, and everyone wants to come here to work and live. That has been our advantage.

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