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Saturday, 28 October, 2000, 23:16 GMT 00:16 UK
Dubai Internet City goes on-line

The first phase in the development of an electronic-commerce centre -- known as Internet City -- has been opened in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

The backers of the two-hundred-million dollar project want it to become the e-business hub of the Middle East, and what they're calling the first free trade zone of its kind.

Tax and other financial incentives are being offered to encourage companies to make Dubai the base for e-business development throughout the region.

A BBC correspondent in the emirate says the new venture is building on Dubai's traditional role as one of the Gulf's main trading centres.

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