Du and Microsoft Gulf have joined hands to create 'The Entrepreneur Plan'. This is a joint initiative that enables Dubai Economic Department customers and new SMEs in Dubai to avail a full ICT package from du and Microsoft Gulf. This ICT package includes mobile and hosted services at a reasonable cost to ease the process, and enhance the experience of obtaining a trade license or renewing an existing one.
This plan was designed in line with the directives of Sheikh Hamdan to enhance Dubai’s reputation as a global business hub through public-private sector partnerships. “Dubai is witnessing a high level of business licensing activity due to the government’s policy focus and infrastructure development, well-aligned to business and investment. The private sector is not just a beneficiary but also a primary stakeholder in any improvements in Dubai’s business climate and therefore we are keen to engage with them in our economic development initiatives,” remarked His Excellency Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of Dubai Economic Department at the ceremony announcing this offer.
Moreover, to reinstate Microsoft’s mission to assist SMEs, Samer Abu Latif, Regional General Manager at Microsoft Gulf, stated, “Microsoft is committed to supporting entrepreneurship and SME development worldwide and has a legacy of doing so, as is the case in the UAE. By using cloud based delivery from a local Service Provider, SMEs can easily get access the latest technology from Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync without needing to invest in infrastructure and deployment. Through this partnership with Dubai SME and du, we want to help these young companies succeed and accelerate the growth of the UAE’s SME ecosystem by using Software as a Service.”