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Dubai, UAE: Dubai Science Park (DSP), the freezone community dedicated to facilitating and fostering the growth of the UAE’s science sector, today announced that Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the international safety testing, certification and inspections company, has relocated its Middle East regional headquarters to the newly formed business community, citing DSP was a better strategic fit with UL’s regional development plans.

UL provides knowledge, certification, validation, testing, inspection, auditing, training and expertise to help customers navigate growing complexities across the supply chain from compliance and regulatory issues to trade challenges and market access.  In 2014, nearly 22 billion UL marks were found on products, across 113 countries.

UL has 159 facilities globally and employs over 12,000 staff within its family of companies. Having been previously located in Dubai Airport Freezone, UL has now expanded by opening a commercial and engineering operations and therefore the organisation chose to find new premises at DSP that better suit their new requirements.

Marwan Abdulaziz, Executive Director, Dubai Science Park commented: “UL is a globally recognised brand in the science industry, with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology.

“DSP is the region’s first and only free zone community that serves the full value chain of the science sector, including science entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinational enterprises. UL fits perfectly into our vibrant business partner community, and we are delight to announce the opening of their new regional headquarters at DSP.”

UL’s Regional Vice President to the Middle East stated, “We are very delighted to move our regional HQ to Dubai Science Park. UL’s leadership felt that both businesses are aligned and hence it would make sense to establish the new regional headquarters in DSP. This will allow us to work even more closely with the UAE and other Middle East Authorities, and our customers to ensure a safe living and working environment. Being based out of Dubai will also help UL as we establish more footprint for our expansion plans in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.”

Speaking at the launch, Paul Malik, Consul General of the United States said: “I was very pleased to learn that UL has identified Dubai as a welcoming home to establish its facility. From Dubai, UL can access not only the MENA region but also Africa, in large part because of the excellent transportation and communications networks linking Dubai to the world.

“What better place to base itself than in Dubai Science Park where UL can contribute to the country’s and region’s innovation and technological future, improving the lives of UAE and other citizens in countless sectors.”

Dubai Science Park supports both SMEs and global firms looking for a regional base for their Middle East operations, by facilitating a custom-built yet vibrant community. With over 280 companies currently located within the community, DSP is committed to the industry’s success by bringing together business, regulators and Government in partnership.


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