The company is developing wall-climbing robots that use specific sensors to detect invisible damage to oil, gas and energy infrastructure
Gecko Robotics, a leading US robotics company that has developed robots capable of inspecting oil, gas and energy infrastructure, has announced that it is setting up a new international headquarters in the United Arab Emirates under the popular NextGenFDI program of the Ministry of Economy.
Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, who oversees the NextGenFDI programme, said Gecko’s investment supports the UAE’s mission to develop a global high-tech ecosystem. “Once again, we are seeing world-leading technology making its home in the UAE. Our industrial base seeks to integrate the tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to improve efficiencies and increase productivity, and Gecko Robotics will be a key partner on this journey.
The decision of Gecko Robotics CEO, Jake and the team, to build an international base in the UAE, is a testament to our business-friendly culture and the support provided by our stakeholder group as part of the NextGenFDI initiative. We are making the UAE one of the easiest places on the planet to enter the market, find the right workforce, and expand quickly.”
Jake Losararian, CEO and co-founder of Gecko Robotics, said: “We believe strongly in the UAE and its transformation into a globally competitive economic and innovation hub. Here, we can take advantage of the UAE’s Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements to export to the rest of the world from here, and we can support energy companies in the region to achieve efficiencies that will aid productivity and create motivation to achieve Net Zero’s goals.
As our business continues to expand across Europe and the Middle East, we see the UAE market as an important hub for access to both the manufacturing and engineering talent we need to continue accelerating our growth. Our first employees are already based in the UAE and we have ambitious plans to grow our footprint.”
As part of its investments in the country, the Pittsburgh-based company is looking to set up a state-of-the-art factory in Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) that will create about 300 jobs over the next few years.
Gecko wall-climbing robots use specially designed sensor payloads to detect invisible damage, allowing for accurate repairs and predictive maintenance. Gecko is used by a range of companies and government agencies to extend the life and efficiency of critical infrastructure including power plants, oil refineries, manufacturing facilities and other assets.
The NextGenFDI initiative was launched by the Ministry of Economy in July 2022, to attract digitally enabled companies from around the world with a package of market entry essentials required to launch and scale them from within the UAE. They include fast and flexible incorporation processes, express licensing, bulk visa issuance, banking facility, and commercial and residential rental incentives.
The program is designed to accelerate the UAE’s economic diversification agenda and advance its position as a knowledge- and innovation-based economy. Gecko Robotics is the latest to stick with the program, joining British tech company Gödel and food app developer Krush — with more expected in the coming weeks.
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