Digital transformation in the Middle East

Global telecommunications company Huawei is turning its eyes to Dubai when it comes to digital transformation in the Middle East. Earlier this month, the company announced its plan for OpenLab Dubai, a collaboration with over 30 solutions and 20 partners from the fields of public safety, smart city, and digital oil and gas. The goal: introduce new technologies and IoT solutions throughout the Middle East, making the region more digitally competitive. Here is how Huawei plans on making Dubai an example and leader of the digital revolution in the Middle East. — Philippe Leonard


Globalised digital development

Over the next three years, Huawei plans to invest roughly 178 million euros and hire 1,000 people to launch a total of 20 OpenLabs around the globe, with seven slated to debut this year alone. The theme behind these labs is “platform + ecosystem” with a plan “committed to working with global multi-specialty and industry partners to build customer-centric, innovative industry solutions to promote digital transformation and promote ecosystem development through the creation of an 'open, flexible and safe’ platform that fully supports the ecosystem,” explained Fan Siyong, Huawei’s President of Public Sector, during the launch ceremony.

In the Middle East, these new technologies will help governments and enterprises continue to flourish and become more competitive in the ICT industry. OpenLab Dubai, in particular, will allow for collaboration between enterprises, services, partners and customers in the Middle East to offer industry-oriented solutions, rapid response to market demand, and new business models that can be applied as part of a digital strategy in other regions around the globe.

 Living lab

Since OpenLab Dubai is a working partnership between various organisations, both citizens and companies can reap benefits in real-time. By combining its 4G eLTE network with Honeywell and Emerson’s oilfield sensing devices, for example, Huawei can offer solutions to improve oil recovery and reduce security risks. In addition, by looking to Esri for data management, the lab can develop smart city solutions that touch on everything from intelligent parking and smart meters to intelligent buildings. Lastly, areas in the public safety sector will be enhanced through technologies like video analysis and cloud computing, making for a safer social environment.

Thanks to these real-time solutions, OpenLab Dubai will serve as a living lab of inspiration and innovation, driving the global digital revolution with other labs—and companies—to follow