By Sam Bridge
Tokyo-based Ricoh Group operates in nearly 200 countries and reported worldwide sales of about $18.1bn in last financial year
Ricoh Group, a Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company, has celebrated the inauguration of its new regional commercial hub at Silicon Park in Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in nearly 200 countries around the world, and in the financial year ending March reported worldwide sales of about $18.1 billion.
The global technology provider specialising in document management solutions, digital cameras, software and hardware for small and large enterprises worldwide, as well as consulting, will now offer training and sales support to its business partners in the GCC region, Levant and North Africa from its new branch in Dubai.
Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, officially inaugurated the new office along with Mark Thompson, general manager of Ricoh Middle East.
Al Zarooni said: “We have worked relentlessly on the launch of Silicon Park, Dubai’s first integrated smart city project. Today, we are proud to witness its completion and the opening of the first company establishment within its premises.
"Ricoh Group’s decision to launch its new office in Dubai speaks volumes of the company’s keen interest in capitalising on the potential of the region, as well as of its trust in the emirate.”
Constructed by DSOA with an investment of AED1.4 billion, Silicon Park is the first smart city project in Dubai. DSOA also invested AED100 million in a comprehensive range of 60 smart city services, offered through a unified and secure platform that effectively integrates the operational requirements of enterprises with the needs of employees, residents and visitors.
The 150,000 sq m community comprises 71,000 sq m of office space, 25,000 sq m of commercial space and 46,000 sq m of residential area and a Radisson Red complex that consists of a 112-key business hotel and 59 furnished apartments, a convention centre, restaurants, cafés, fitness centres, running tracks and cycling trails, a shopping centre and an underground parking garage.