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Global firms look to strategic Middle East expansion for growth

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Abu Dhabi, Paris: The strategic allure of Middle East markets for global consulting firms was underlined again this week when both Booz Allen Hamilton and Atos opened new operations in the Gulf region.

Booz Allen Hamilton unveiled its new Abu Dhabi office facilities in the Etihad Towers complex, signifying, it says, the organization's sustained momentum and growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The new Abu Dhabi offices now serve as Booz Allen Hamilton's regional headquarters, further bolstering the firm's presence in the MENA region after extending operations to both Kuwait and Qatar in May 2012.

Senior Vice President Don Pressley, who leads the firm's MENA operations, commented, "Booz Allen Hamilton is gaining increasing traction in the region, and the new Abu Dhabi office is a great base from which to manage our operations. We've been actively recruiting to build our team of regionally-based specialists, and this prestigious new space gives us a solid platform from which to manage our growth. Beyond the excitement of moving into our new, first-class facility, this week also affords the opportunity to gather together some of the firm's global cyber security experts and discuss some of the security challenges facing Middle East organizations today."

Meanwhile Atos, the French IT services company, has opened new offices in Qatar.

The firms says its move demonstrates growing commitment to the Middle East; having operations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will enable it to capitalize on the predicted growth in IT investment in this region over the next few years.

The new offices in Qatar are realized thanks to a partnership between Atos and HBH, which is represented by His Excellency Hamad Bin Ali Al Hanzab.

The Middle-East is a priority for Atos, as its businesses are key adopters of new technologies and innovative solutions. Atos plans to partner with and invest in local companies and talent to deliver the on-shore elements of solutions and services.

Thierry Breton - Atos CEO

Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO at Atos said, "We understand the need to develop long-term, deep relationships with our customers. That is what we do globally and what we'll do in Qatar.

"Our global presence and expertise will allow Atos to bring its know-how in the in areas such as the Public Sector, Energy & Utility, Telecomunication & Media and the sports sector to its customers in Qatar. Atos has an ambitious growth plan and setting up new operations in Qatar is a clear example; our goal is to increase our business in this region achieving profitable growth.

"We look forward to working with our global and local experts to deliver the high quality services and solutions that will help organizations further accelerate business growth and stay one step ahead of the competition. Atos will deliver what it promises and what its clients in Qatar expect — a measurable, valuable business advantage".

Atos began its expansion in the Middle East in late 2010 with the establishment of Atos IT SAE in Cairo Egypt, and has other offices in Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai), and Qatar.

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