Smart City - New Global Corporate identity


Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry (fourth from right), with Fareed Abdulrahman (second from right), executive director of Smart City, and others following the launch of SmartCity's global corporate identity at Gitex Technology Week in Dubai.

Smart City, a new global company seeking to develop a worldwide network of self-sustained industry townships for knowledge-based companies based on the successful models of Dubai Internet City (DIC) and Dubai Media City, yesterday launched its global corporate identity.

The launch was held at the DIC Community Zone at GITEX Technology Week 2007, the leading information technology industry trade show in the Middle East.

The company said its logo reflects its global network and vast future growth opportunities. All its international projects will incorporate this logo.

A joint venture between Dubai-based Tecom Investments and Sama Dubai, Smart City is currently developing Smart City Malta and Smart City Kochi in India. It is also examining several other locations with a view to developing similar knowledge-based clusters.

Tecom Investments executive chairman Ahmad Bin Byat said: "Smart City promises to make a significant contribution to the development of knowledge-based industries across the world.

"Its projects have the potential to stimulate tremendous growth by opening new development avenues for knowledge-based companies, knowledge workers and local governments."

Smart City Malta, the island's largest ever foreign direct investment, is expected to generate over 5,600 jobs. Smart City Kochi, set to be one of India's largest knowledge-industry parks, has the potential of generating more than 90,000 jobs.

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Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and Minister for IT & Investment Austin Gatt are heading a government delegation that leaves today on a two-day official visit to Dubai.

At a presentation that will be made at the Dubai Internet City Zone’s stand at the Gitex Technology Week, the largest information technology trade event in the region and one of the major annual IT events in the world, Dr Gonzi will unveil a model of SmartCity Malta tomorrow.

Dr Gonzi will give details of the biggest foreign investment the island has ever seen. The project is expected to create 5,600 jobs over eight years and promises to transform the derelict Ricasoli Industrial Estate into a state-of-the-art ICT and media business community.

The SmartCity Malta model shows how the project will actually look once it is completed. The model will illustrate in detail how the various components drawn up in the master plan agreed to between the government and SmartCity Malta will take shape.

Meanwhile, SmartCity, a new global company that seeks to develop a worldwide network of self-sustained industry townships for knowledge-based companies, based on the successful models of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City, launched its global corporate identity yesterday.

SmartCity’s logo reflects its global network and its vast future growth opportunities. All its international projects will incorporate this logo into their own brand identities.

A joint venture between TECOM Investments and Sama Dubai, SmartCity is currently developing SmartCity Malta and SmartCity Kochi, knowledge-based industry townships based in Malta and the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is also examining several other locations with a view to developing similar knowledge-based clusters.

SmartCity projects will bring significant economic benefits both through direct development and indirect multiplier effects. SmartCity Kochi, set to be one of India’s largest knowledge-industry parks, has the potential of generating more than 90,000 jobs.

Based on the successful cluster models of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City, each SmartCity project will provide a state-of-the-art business-community infrastructure for knowledge-based companies. In addition, it will also provide a one-stop-shop of business support services and a range of retail, hospitality, and residential and recreational facilities.

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Smart City Malta is a planned technology park to be constructed in Kalkara, Malta. The plan is to transform the Ricasoli Industrial Estate into a state-of-the-art information technology and media city on the models of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City. The project will cost at least 275 million Euros. The whole development, which covers an area of 350,000 square meters, is to be fully completed in 2021.

On Saturday, the new corporate identity for SmartCity was launched at the Gitex Technology Week at the Dubai Internet City Community Zone. The logo reflects the international network and opportunities that the Smart City can offer for future development. All Smart City international logos, including Smart City Malta, will bear the new logo.

Smart City Malta, which promises to transform Ricasoli Industrial Estate into a state-of-the-art Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and media business community, is expected to create 5,600 jobs over eight years. Meanwhile Smart City Kochi in India has the potential to generate over 9,000 occupations.

SmartCity Malta is the first overseas export of SmartCity brand that emerged from Dubai Internet and Media Cities in the United Arab Emirates. It will also be the first European outpost of the SmartCity concept synergising the advantages of Malta’s European Union membership with Dubai’s revolutionary record in the ICTs and Media businesses.

Smart City is made up of TECOM Investments and Sama Dubai. The company is currently examining other countries for developments of similar cities.

Present for the logo launch ceremony were Sheik Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Vice Head and Minister of Finance and Industry for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ahmad Bin Byat, TECOM Investments Executive Chairman, Farhan Faraidooni, Dubai Executive Chairman, Abdullatif Al Mulla, TECOM Investments Executive Head and Fareed Abdulrahman, SmartCity Executive Director.


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Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry takes a closer look at the proposed model of Smart City - the Technology and Media Free Zone Authority (TECOM) and the Kerala Government joint venture to be set-up in the Southern Indian state of Kerala, India, after inaugurating the Gitex.

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The UAE-headquartered builder of technology cluster developments is putting off new projects as it focuses on its $650 million of investments in Malta and Kerala. Both may take 10 years to complete.

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The corporation, a joint venture between Tecom Investments and Sama Dubai, has being courted by several would-be partners, according to Tecom's CEO.

"We are getting requests from many, many countries," said Abdul Latif Al Mulla. "But we want to take our time to build our foundation." The new company launched its corporate identity yesterday during the opening ceremonies of the Gitex IT exhibition in Dubai yesterday.

Fareed Abdul Rahman, SmartCity's executive director, said, "We want to show we're committed to these two projects." But with the Indian economy experiencing dynamic growth, he said SmartCity will be watching the market closely going forward.

Construction of both projects could begin in October, said Abdul Rahman, although the masterplan of SmartCity Kochi in Kerala is not complete yet.

The new corporation leverages Sama Dubai's project management experience and Tecom's expertise in creating IT-focused economic zones such as Dubai Internet and Media City.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The foundation stone for the Smartcity IT park in Kochi is expected to be laid this month as the basic works are progressing well, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said on Tuesday.

The Dubai-based promoter of the joint venture, TECOM, had informed the government that it had begun work on the blueprint of the project, Achuthanandan told the state assembly.

On its part, the state government had started work for creating basic infrastructure in the project area like roads, power and water supply.

Of the 246 acres of land to be leased, 222 acres had been acquired and the procedures for its transfer were in the final stage.

The funds for the basic works had been allocated in the budget through supplementary demands for grants.

The state officials and TECOM were in touch with each other and discussions had been held on the progress of work, he added.

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