Microsoft opens new R&D center in Nazareth
The U.S. software giant is committed to mining the tech talent in Israel's Arab capital.
Microsoft is continuing its love affair with the country in which it first planted roots abroad.
The tech giant opened its first non-US research and development center in Haifa, Israel 25 years ago and followed that up with another in the city of Herzliya. Late last week it opened its third R&D facility, in Israel's Arab capital, Nazareth.
“The new site is an additional step in our efforts to integrate Arab engineers in our development enterprise in Israel, and to deepen our activities in the country’s North,” Yoram Yaacovi, the director of development at Microsoft Israel R&D Center, said at an event to mark the opening of the facility last week.
Microsoft's presence confirms the importance Nazareth holds in the tech community both in Israel and throughout the world. Thanks to Tsofen, an Israeli organization which works to promote and place Arab engineers at top-rate tech firms, tech entrepreneurs have gravitated to the city and in turn large corporations have begun to follow.
Further illustrating the deep reservoir of talent in and around Nazareth is the fact that a state-of-the-art industrial park, built by Israeli entrepreneur and philanthropist, Stef Wertheimer, recently opened in an effort to accommodate the influx of industry. Amdocs, a multinational software company, and Broadcom, an American company that specializes in semiconductor technologies, have found a home in there.
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