US-based 3M strengthens MENA footprint with new Dubai HQ

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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3M opens regional HQ in Dubai
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Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M), an American multinational conglomerate, has opened its new regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City, the largest technology hub in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

This move demonstrates 3M’s continued commitment to the UAE while supporting Dubai’s vision to promote the Emirate as a hub for global innovation and manufacturing inspired by the country’s wise leadership.

3M’s new headquarters, which embeds several sustainability initiatives, is reducing carbon emissions also emphasizing the company’s expertise in science and innovation. Furthermore, it offers solutions for the future of work by utilizing 3M’s trust-based approach, titled “Work Your Way”, which allows employees to create a schedule that allows them to work when and where they can most effectively.

Ammar Al Malik_3M opens office in Dubai
Ammar Al Malik,
MD – Dubai Internet City

“The inauguration of 3M’s new headquarters reinforces the impact TECOM Group and Dubai Internet City have had in sustaining Dubai’s position as an international technology hub. We are pleased that an industry leader like 3M is strengthening its innovation footprint in our community to introduce greater innovations and technological solutions to the region, all while setting a valuable example about practicing sustainability and flexibility in the workplace, values we admire and share.”

Mr. Laszlo Svinger, Vice President and Managing Director at 3M Middle East and Africa (MEA), said, “At 3M, we strive to provide an exceptional employee experience and business performance while also doing our part to protect the environment for a more sustainable future for all.”

Currently, 3M is working with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its partner network to drive collective action on climate change, social and environmental responsibility, and the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) as part of a three-year agreement signed in 2021.

With the opening of its new regional headquarters in Dubai, 3M also unveiled its expanded and enhanced innovation center. The center, which showcases a number of cost-effective technological solutions created specifically for the region, is set to bring 3M’s technologies and innovations closer to its customers in the UAE and the wider region.

The center will allow potential customers, business partners and research and development experts to put a variety of 3M’s ground-breaking innovations to the test. The 20,400 square feet center will showcase all of 3M’s technology platforms, which are leveraged across all four businesses and products for the Middle East market. 3M’s 51 technology platforms include adhesives and abrasives, micro-replication and non-woven, computer vision, data science and analytics, and others.

Aligned to support the UAE’s vision to become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) by 2031, the 3M M Modal Fluency Direct, the latest speech and AI-powered technology, can also be seen at the innovation center. The all-in-one solution will enable physicians of any medical specialty to verbally create, review, edit and sign clinical notes directly within electronic health records.

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