Qatar has started establishing an iLife-branded electronic devices factory that will make laptops, smart phones and smart watches.
The factory, in the Umm Al Houl Free Zone, south of Doha, will start producing other electronic devices in August.
The Qatar Free Zones Authority expects the factory to produce 350,000 devices per year.
Qatar electronic devices factory
The establishment of the plant comes as a result of the partnership between iLife Digital Technologies, which operates in the field of smart robots and innovative electronics, based in Florida, USA, and Prime Technologies, a subsidiary of Ali Bin Ali Holding Company.
The two companies will use the 2,500-sq-m factory to create innovative iLife-branded electronic devices, including laptops, PCs, smart watches and mobile phones, among others.
The step is the result of close partnership and cooperation between the free zones and the private sector. This will contribute to meeting the increasing demand for affordable electronic devices in MENA region markets.
Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of QFZA, said that this partnership “is the latest example of our close collaboration with the Qatari private sector to foster growth and innovation for the country and the broader region”.
“This partnership is also testament to the strategic place of Qatar and its free zones in global trade, and the exciting potential of technology manufacturing in Qatar”.
Research and development
In turn, Vice-Chairman & EVP of Ali Bin Ali Holding Nabeel Ali Bin Ali said that “The new facility, with its state-of-the-art production and R&D facility along with a logistics and customer solutions center, is a reiteration of such efforts”.
“It is a perfect platform for young Qatari scientists to research, innovate and develop AI tools and robots”.
The strategic location of the Umm Al Houl Free Zone will facilitate the process of commercial integration of these products throughout the region.
It will also provide consumers with a valuable local alternative to products manufactured abroad.
In addition, the new plant will support the development of advanced logistical infrastructure and achieve a total added value to the Qatari economy by an estimated $8 million annually.