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December 09, 2009 08:00 ET

Cisco Debuts Industry-Leading Networkers Event in the Middle East

Under the Patronage of HRH, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Cisco's Industry-Accredited Networking Forum Will Deliver Pioneering Innovation Technology Content for Customers and Partners Across Europe, Middle East and Africa

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN--(Marketwire - December 9, 2009) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today unveiled details about Cisco® Networkers Bahrain 2010, which will take place at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, from 28 to 31 March 2010. This is the first time that the industry-accredited networking forum will be held in the Middle East. Developed in collaboration with the government of Bahrain and with the support of Crown Prince His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Networkers Bahrain represents a key milestone for Cisco in terms of furthering its commitment and ongoing investment in the Middle East.

Highlights / Key Facts:

  • Cisco Networkers conferences provide education and training to information and communications technology (ICT) professionals through compelling forums with in-depth technical demonstrations, networking opportunities and glimpses of current and future trends. The events offer unique ICT educational and networking opportunity that can enhance business growth. The global theme for Cisco Networkers 2010 is 'Knowledge Is Power.'
  • Cisco Networkers Bahrain joins the dedicated portfolio of annual Cisco education and training events that span the globe, including those in the U.S., Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Australia. It will take place at the Bahrain International Circuit, home to the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, and aims to attract more than 1,800 attendees from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
  • The kingdom of Bahrain is a strategic country for Cisco in the Gulf region. As a strong financial center with excellent transport links, a robust regulatory framework and a rich culture, it is an ideal destination to host Networkers. Furthermore, Cisco already enjoys a strong collaborative relationship with the Bahraini government and recently opened its latest Middle East office at the Bahrain Financial Harbor. The kingdom also represents a hub for Cisco's own ICT services. Located in the country is an Internet data centre that supports the delivery of multiple technologies to offices in the region.
  • Cisco Networkers Bahrain 2010 is not just one conference but five unique programs running in parallel, over three days. Tailored to the different technology needs of the attendees, they comprise:
    • The main Networkers technical conference, targeted at roughly 1,800 attendees, which will deliver innovation technology content covering Cisco's solutions and architectures.
    • A chief information officer (CIO) & IT executive symposium targeted at CIOs and IT leaders.
    • An IT 'insight' conference for approximately 150 IT managers and business decision makers. 
    • A dedicated press and analyst event targeted at approximately 40 key media and industry analysts.
    • An awards ceremony recognising outstanding achievements that embrace innovation in business and technology.
  • Networkers Bahrain will offer more than 200 sessions delivering:
    • 168 breakout sessions split across eight technology tracks
    • 17 technical seminars
    • 24 case studies (from customers, partners and/or Cisco)
    • Walk-in laboratories and Cisco career certification
    • An engaging keynote program encompassing a unique holographic Cisco TelePresence™ experience incorporating senior Cisco executive speakers and high-level government guest speakers
    • A 'World of Solutions' exhibition featuring Cisco alongside more than 45 strategic partners showcasing the latest in innovative technology solutions
  • Attendees to Networkers Bahrain will also benefit from:
    • Discounted travel and accommodation: 50 per cent flight discounts on Gulf Air and discounted hotel rates for all attendees
    • Waived visa fees and access to fast lanes through customs
    • An enhanced entertainment package including a special night hosted by the Bahrain Ministry of Culture and Information

Executive Quotes:

His Excellency Shaikh Ahmed bin Ateyatallah Al Khalifa, minister of Cabinet Affairs, the kingdom of Bahrain
 
"Hosting this congress is another initiative to achieve Bahrain's vision for 2030, and part of the basic principles for economic development in the Kingdom."

Duncan Mitchell, senior vice president, Cisco Emerging Markets East, and executive sponsor, Cisco Networkers 2010, Bahrain
 "Bahrain's progressive telecommunications regulatory environment is encouraging the nation, and its citizens, to harness the power of the network to increase productivity levels, supporting accelerated GDP growth rates and an ever-higher standard of living. This strategy will strengthen Bahrain's global competitiveness and help maximize the development of its national talent. We view Bahrain as an excellent place to conduct business, and as a result have already chosen to locate our IT hub for the Gulf Cooperation Countries in Manama. We're proud to be associated with Bahrain and honored that the government would agree to be our host for the first-ever Cisco Networkers in the Middle East, a pioneering event for ICT leaders in an innovative country."

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