History

Dubai Internet City is one of the largest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) business parks in the Middle East and North Africa region. UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced Dubai Internet City at a Gala Ceremony in October 1999.  This announcement generated a huge interest from ICT companies, resulting in the Licensing of 100 companies in January 2000. 

As a knowledge-oriented business model, DIC was the pioneer behind the creation of the business park concept in the region and today, hosts well over 15,000 knowledge workers. 

The ICT business park hosts a dynamic international community of IT companies which include Fortune 500 brands as well as a number of growing enterprises, entrepreneurships and ventures: Microsoft, Dell, Intel, IBM, Canon, General Electric and Cisco just to name a few. 

Built inside a free trade zone, DIC is a strategic base for companies targeting emerging markets in the neighboring regions. DIC’s markets extend from the Middle East to the Indian Subcontinent and from Africa to the CIS countries, covering three billion people. 

DIC provides an environment that attracts all elements of the ICT value chain, and in addition, has developed several programmes that can be leveraged by the community to explore and expand channel development opportunities. Companies are privy to an advanced Metro Ethernet broadband infrastructure and a range of business-enabling services including government transactions. DIC also has the world’s largest commercial IP Telephony network.

Dubai is the ideal base for multinationals targeting markets in Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Asian Subcontinent and the Eastern Mediterranean. These regions have a population of over 2 billion people and a combined GDP of US$ 6.7 trillion.

Milestones
1999
Announcement of DIC by H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at a Gala Ceremony.
2000
H.E. Mohammed Al Gergawi-Chairman of Dubai Holding unveils DIC blueprint at the IBM Conference.
2000
Huge interest generated by DIC announcement resulting in 100 companies being licensed in January.
2004
DIC announces Dubai Outsource Zone.
2005
DIC joins international smart community network.
2006
ICT community in DIC reaches 900 companies.
2008
Economic Intelligence Unit report cites DIC as a key driver to the UAE's economic transformation.
2008
DIC launches region's first ICT White Paper.
2008
Hosts Google's first regional webmaster event in Dubai.
2009
Hosts 'BarCamp UAE' for technology and new media professionals.
2010
'Excellence Series' is launched to enhance ICT community's professional well-being.
2010
Marks 10 years of growth at Gitex Technology Week 2010.
2010
Adds 150 companies to ICT community in 2010.
2011
Releases ICT in the UAE industry report.