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UAE telecom operators Du and Etisalat have finalized their master developer agreements (MDA) with Emaar Properties to provide key telecommunications infrastructure, through the Taawun infrastructure deployment initiative for Emaar’s major projects.

Customers can choose their retail telecom operator and the partnership will further support the government’s overarching vision in developing smart infrastructure and establishing a robust telecom sector for master developers.

Under the MDA, du and Etisalat will install, maintain, and oversee state-of-the-art fixed telecom services and solutions across various sites, including Al Aryam Phase II, Lagoons Phase 1, Dubai Creek Harbour, The Valley by Emaar, Emaar Dubai South, Mina Rashid Properties, Dubai Hills Estates and Arabian Ranches Phase 3.

Commenting on the development, Saleem AlBlooshi, chief technology officer at du said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside Emaar Properties, a company whose profile, reputation, and history of sustained success across a multitude of projects offers an insight into its vision and ambitions for the future. With the finalisation of this MDA, Emaar and its customers will benefit from the broad range of services we provide, all of which are dedicated to delivering convenience and empowering residents, communities, and the country. As an integral driver of the UAE’s economic, social, and digital transformation, we are driven by our commitment to our partners.”

Saeed Al Zarouni, SVP of Mobile Network, Etisalat said, “Our collaboration with Emaar will drive an array of opportunities for both parties in the years ahead. At Etisalat, we are committed to the total digital transformation of consumer and business customer experiences in line with our overall strategy and vision of ‘Driving the Digital Future to Empower Societies’. By working with Emaar, we will combine our creativity, ambition, and insights to meet and exceed commitments to our customers.”

Commenting on the partnership with du and Etisalat, Ahmad Al Matrooshi of Emaar Properties, said: “Delivering a world-class telecommunications infrastructure is an integral part of Emaar’s commitment to our customers. The Taawun partnership not only delivers a choice for customers, but it also guarantees the best-in-class in voice and data services, capable of catering for the needs of generations to come. The partnership is aligned with UAE Vision 2021 and smart city development in Dubai, which has helped the country to become one of the world's most connected and sustainable nations.”

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