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Trimble expands Dubai operations to tap GCC construction boom

US technology and software provider opens new office in Dubai Internet City

PHOTO: Steven W Berglund, Trimble’s president and CEO. Credit: Gavin Davids/MEConstructionNews.com

Trimble, the US-based technology and software provider for building and heavy civil construction, has announced the expansion of its operations in the GCC through the opening of a new office in Dubai Internet City.

The new office will be one of Trimble’s first offices to be dedicated to construction-related technologies, and it is set to be Trimble’s largest office in the GCC region.

“We already had an office in Dubai, so think of this as more of an expansion,” Bryn Fosburgh, sector vice president for Trimble, told MEConstructionNews.com, during an exclusive interview to announce the launch.

“(Trimble) sees Dubai as the hub for the entire region. Our first office was in 1999, and we’ve been in the region since the late 1980s, primarily in the surveying market. We’ve been involved in the UAE since the early 90s,” he added. “This has been a growth area for us. Just look at the office being opened. It shows our commitment to the region.

“This region requires and needs (the right kind) of support and we want to make sure that we have the people on the ground to provide that.”

The new Dubai office will be the regional headquarters for Trimble’s network in the region – which includes offices in the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. It will aim to enhance the company’s collaboration with regional stakeholders, and will enable the company to expand its service, support and training offerings to its customers in the region.

“GCC nations have seen some of the world’s strongest population and commercial growth in recent years, making it vital for local construction projects to keep pace with demand,” said Steven W Berglund, Trimble’s president and CEO.

“Companies in this region have demonstrated a strong interest in technologies that will boost the efficiency, quality and productivity of construction processes – from concept to completion and operation – this is where Trimble’s solutions can play a major role,” he added.

Bryn Fosburgh stressed that the Dubai office was not only for the UAE and GCC region, but that there were much larger plans in store for it.

“We definitely see Dubai as a hub. We have used Dubai in the past when we moved into Africa and (we’ll continue to do so). It’s not only for the Middle East, it’s also for Africa,” he explained.

“We also see that regions like Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait are growing. There isn’t a plan in place to put offices in those countries at this time, but we believe that we can support the likes of Oman, Jordan, Africa and Kuwait through our Dubai, Saudi and Qatar offices,” he concluded.

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