Fidelity Technologies Corp. of Berks County announced the formation of Fidelity Technologies Middle East LLC, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the company’s first international expansion.
The UAE, a federation of seven states formed in 1971, is one of the Middle East’s most important economic regions, according to the BBC.
“UAE is a friendly country to the U.S.,” Fidelity’s president David Gulati said this morning. “And many of the largest U.S defense contractors have joint venture arrangements there.”
Reading-based Fidelity Technologies, a defense contractor for field services, manufacturing and simulation and training programs for the United States military, will own 49 percent of the Middle East facility.
Majority ownership will be held by UAE entrepreneur Mohammed Khalfan Al Qamzi, a chairman for numerous successful defense and aerospace organizations throughout the UAE, Gulati said.
“The formation of Fidelity Middle East is a significant step for our company in that it shows our commitment to our regional customers,” Gulati said. “We will be able to better address this important market, while providing added value through local support and services.”
Fidelity Technologies’ simulation and training division has been working within the UAE for almost a decade. It has provided mission- and tactical-based training systems spawned from decades of work as a U.S. provider for military based immersive, classroom and part-task training systems to the U.S. Army.
Combined, the company’s venture into the Middle East will be focused on the rapid development of UAE-based technologically advanced defense simulation and training systems, along with local infrastructure and educational development for customers.
“We are not providing arms or any kind of guns, ammo or tanks,” Gulati said. “We are providing software-based training systems, and everything that we provide to UAE is under U.S. export control.”
The UAE has been an important market for Fidelity Technologies, and Fidelity Middle East will provide a local presence for marketing, business development, in-country services and support, and a committed regional presence will strengthen Fidelity Technologies’ military and industry partnerships throughout the Middle East.
“Putting our customers first is a core value of our company,” Gulati said. “And by establishing Fidelity Middle East, we are now able to provide our customers in the Middle East with close and personal attention.”