Cisco System’s New Dubai Headquarters

January 23, 2018

Flexible collaboration solutions for a global leader in networking.

Dubai, UAE


As the world leader in networking for the Internet, Cisco Systems prioritizes effective collaboration for its own global workforce. A new headquarters in Dubai also gave Cisco the opportunity to showcase the potential of networked collaboration and digital signage solutions to prospective clients. To meet both requirements Cisco created a series of flexible collaboration spaces — five training rooms, twelve meeting rooms, two briefing centers and a digital signage installation in the lobby.

Cisco appointed Electrosonic to develop and install an audiovisual solution that would meet the requirements for meeting flexibility. Rooms were designed to be configured in different ways to accommodate different audience numbers. The audiovisual solution had to work in any configuration and it had to be easy to set up and operate so that meetings could proceed smoothly. The lobby installation also had to be flexible with six screens capable of displaying different images or any combination of content.

A multi-screen installation in the entrance lobby can display content in a variety of flexible formats.


Electrosonic overcame the room configuration challenge by specifying collaboration systems and screens that can be used independently or in combined setups. Pop-up touch screens in all rooms provide easy-to-use system control and content management. Microphones can be plugged into the pop-up units and ceiling-mounted speakers ensure clear audio for all attendees. The lobby installation features seamless plasma screens capable of displaying content in any configuration.


Electrosonic’s solution gives Cisco the systems and flexibility to present different types of content and collaborate effectively with its clients and global workforce. The easy-to-use systems meet the requirement for both formal presentations and informal local or global audio or video conferencing sessions. Collaboration is a key element in Cisco’s corporate culture which saw it recognized as number one in Fortune magazine’s ‘World’s Best Workplaces’ listing.

"The rooms posed a programming challenge since they can operate in various configurations – stand alone, combined with another room and all combined. However, the project went very smoothly. Everything was installed on time, tested in our office and worked first time on site." - Marko Joka, Project Manager, Electrosonic

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