Cisco, the global networking and ICT giant, has hosted its second annual Select Partner Summit in the UAE with a view to strengthening relations with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
Held at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower and a Dubai landmark, the event focused on the opportunities for SMEs presented by broadband connectivity and new ICT.
"A significant economic force in the UAE lies across small and medium-sized enterprises," commented Said Wayne Hull, the company's director and general manager for the UAE.
"This event is a demonstration of Cisco's commitment to our partners and the SME sector in the UAE and contributes to Cisco's roadmap for developing and strengthening industries, fostering entrepreneurship, improving SMB competitiveness, and increasing management capabilities and ICT skills which delivers on Cisco's vision in connecting the UAE."
Meanwhile, regional manager Claire Jones stated that a strong entrepreneurial spirit and government support had combined to foster "robust SME growth in the UAE".
She noted that there are now approximately 200,000 SMEs in the country, which contribute to 85 per cent of the total employment and to 46 per cent of overall GDP.