I see that IBM has generally become more active in the Gulf, they are running conferences and sending emails .. they are trying .. I think the real question is where is HP .. I hear nothing from HP at all!
I'd say they are fairly active these days, they just ran a CIO conference which I unfortunatelyu missed and I do get regular emails from them about their new solutions. Oh and they seem to be talking a lot these days about replacing Oracle database .. finally someone is challenging Goliath ..