Wipro Limited, a technology services and consulting company, announced the opening of its Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) Strategic Market Unit Headquarters in Dubai, UAE.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Deputy PM and Minister of Finance, along with other officials, visited the newly opened headquarters on its inaugural day.
Located in the heart of the bustling business establishment of One Central at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the headquarters will lead Wipro’s expansion and investments across the UAE and APMEA. It will address the business, tech, and transformation agendas of clients in focus sectors such as Financial Services, Retail, Telecom, Energy and Utilities, and the Public Sector.
What do the headquarters mean for UAE?
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said, “The establishment of Wipro’s new facility in Dubai reflects the emirate’s growing profile as a hub for leading IT firm. Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for innovation-driven growth has made Dubai a magnet for investments from the world’s foremost players in industries driving the future of the global economy.”
“Dubai has created a dynamic enabling ecosystem for the IT industry along with regulatory frameworks designed to support innovation, entrepreneurship and business expansion. The city is the ideal base to access some of the best tech talent, which continues to gravitate to Dubai to take advantage of its rich growth opportunities and high living standards.”
“Over the past decade, Dubai has witnessed several global tech success stories that have further reinforced the city’s profile as a focal point for growth and enterprise in the sector.”
What do the headquarters mean for Wipro?
Wipro began its operations in the Middle East in UAE in 2001 and today has a presence spread across several countries in the region. The APMEA strategic market unit generates around $1.5 billion in revenue for Wipro, and employs over 30,000 personnel.
Rishad Premji, Executive Chairman, Wipro Limited, said, “We are pleased to launch our APMEA headquarters, which opens a new chapter for Wipro in a fast-moving, tech-first market. Dubai is a gateway to the world, and its progressive govt, multicultural workforce, and business-friendly policies, makes it a great fit as we expand our footprint across APMEA.”
Ecosystem partnerships are one of the core pillars of Wipro’s business strategy. The APMEA headquarters will include a co-innovation space, where strategic partners, including AWS, Microsoft, HPE, Informatica, Palo Alto Networks, SAS, and Snowflake, will collaborate with Wipro to co-create joint solutions that address the evolving needs of key sectors and tech.
Bringing together the power of the Wipro group, the new headquarters in Dubai will house locally specialized teams from Capco, its global technology and management consultancy focused on financial services, and teams from Designit, its strategic design and innovation company, offering the very best of Wipro’s differentiated capabilities in the region.
In addition, Wipro has also introduced Lab45 in the region which is a visionary innovation space to develop ground-breaking solutions to foster and accelerate ideation with clients.
Anis Chenchah, Chief Executive Officer – APMEA, Wipro Limited, said, “I am delighted to have Wipro as the first global company of our industry that puts three vast continents – Africa, Asia, and Oceania – under a unified leadership, headquartered in my home city of Dubai.”
“Business exchanges between Africa and Asia are increasing significantly, creating major opportunities for Wipro. With its strategic location, its ultra-modern-infrastructure, and global mindset, Dubai is the ideal place to drive our growth in this promising part of the world.”
Thierry Delaporte, CEO and Managing Director, Wipro Limited, commented, “Establishing our headquarters here opens vast growth potential, and opportunities for synergies, across the entire region. The UAE understands the strategic value of technology, and the transformative power of digital technologies to drive change for good. Wipro shares that vision.”
“We will be leveraging our global capabilities, local expertise, as well as our global partner ecosystem to co-create solutions for our customers in the region,” Delaporte said.