The launch of the new offices reinforces Microsoft’s commitment to making Qatar a center of knowledge and innovation and will allow Microsoft to better serve its customers, collaborate with its technology partners, and attract and develop top talent.
Microsoft was joined by HE Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohamed bin Ali al-Mannai and senior officials from the US Embassy in Qatar to celebrate the official opening of its new state-of-the-art office in Burj Al Fardan, City of Lusail. The inauguration ceremony was streamed live on Microsoft Teams to allow company employees in the broader Middle East and Africa region to join in the celebrations.
“Microsoft has deep roots in Qatar and our commitment to help grow Qatar’s innovation economy has never been stronger. With the launch of our new offices and Customer Innovation Center, customers and partners will have the opportunity to co-innovate, imagine and imagine game-changing solutions that will revolutionize their industries,” said Lana Khalaf, General Manager of Microsoft Qatar.
With one side of the office overlooking the Arabian Sea and the other facing the desert, this eye-catching space merges Microsoft’s global corporate identity with local Qatari flavor to capture nature’s forward-looking, nimble and resilient Qatar.
Microsoft’s new facility includes a Customer Innovation Center that will host innovation and ideation workshops aimed at inspiring game-changing solutions that are driving transformation across all sectors in Qatar. The office will play a vital role as an innovation hub for tech startups, students, and community organizations from across Qatar.
It will also serve as the company’s regional talent hub, serving Qatar and the broader Microsoft Middle East cluster region. The work done on the site will support the company’s efforts to develop, retain and recruit the most talented people to develop the most cutting-edge solutions.
The new office was designed with the changing face of work in mind, presenting an inclusive hybrid workplace that enables employees to better serve customers and collaborate with partners, whether in person or remotely.
Leveraging the company’s latest future work technologies, the sustainable and smart space facilitates seamless hybrid working that provides employees with the flexibility to split their working time between the office and offsite locations, resulting in productivity increased, higher employee satisfaction and better team collaboration.
The office incorporates a Team Based Space design that combines the latest technology with modern, collaborative workplaces and is equipped with the latest Microsoft Teams-enabled hardware and software to facilitate seamless hybrid working.
Khalaf said: “When designing the new office, we were guided by two main principles. The first was our determination to provide the best place to work for our employees, providing a highly engaging, inclusive and flexible environment that leverages the latest modern work technologies to create scalable smart workspaces.
“The second was sustainability – to deliver the first office to be certified to the highest sustainability standards in the Middle East. I am extremely proud to say that we achieved both of these goals while putting customers first with our Customer Innovation Center. »
She added, “I look forward to welcoming customers, partners, visitors and Microsoft team members to our new offices and I am confident that this expansion will boost the recruitment and retention of the most talented people. brilliant people who will be inspired to create cutting-edge solutions. for organizations and locals.
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In 2020, Microsoft announced ambitious commitments to become carbon negative by 2030 and remove more carbon from the environment than it has emitted since its inception by 2050.
In line with these sustainability goals, the new facility is equipped with the latest green technologies to promote energy and water efficiency and is the company’s first office in the Middle East to achieve Level 1 of Microsoft’s global sustainability standard.
The premises also achieved a Microsoft C-Grade global accessibility standard to extend equal opportunity for all employees to access their workspaces with features such as easily accessible parking spaces, automatic doors, room signs with Braille and audible and visual alarm systems.