Inaugural Gitex Saudi Arabia packs in the exhibitors

The response from the market has already exceeded the expectations of show organisers Riyadh Exhibition Company and Dubai World Trade Centre.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  March 20, 2002

The inaugural Gitex Saudi Arabia is going to be packed to the rafters with exhibitors. The response from the market has already exceeded the expectations of show organisers Riyadh Exhibitions Company (REC) and its partner Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

REC has even had to increase the amount of floor space to satisfy market demand.

“We and our associates at Dubai World Trade Centre, and the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce, expected Gitex Saudi Arabia to be a success, but reality exceeded everybody’s expectations,” says HRH Prince Saudi Abdullah Al Faisal, chairman of REC.

“We and our associates at the Dubai World Trade Centre and the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce were confident about the Gitex Saudi Arabia’s success, but reality exceeded our expectations. The 10,000 square metre venue was sold out and we have added two more structures to provide an additional 4,000 square metres of exhibition space. This space has also been completely sold out. We are extremely gratified with the support shown by IT industry leaders to this professional event,” he adds.

The success of the exhibition itself has been matched by the success of the e-commerce & e-government conference that will run alongside the show. The success of both the show and the conference confirms the need within the market for a specific IT show to meet the needs of the Saudi market.

“Through Gitex Saudi Arabia we aimed to offer industry professionals a range of benefits in one event and the response has been overwhelming,” says Wahid Attallah, general manager of DWTC.

“The introduction of an e-commerce and e-government technology showcase to complement the E-commerce 2002 Conference attracted significant interest from industry players. There was no question in our mind that Riyadh is the right place for a professional show that targets decision makers from both the private and public sectors, and our clients confirmed that we were right,” comments Attallah.

According to Akram Masri, director of exhibitions at REC, e-government is going to be the dominating theme throughout the exhibition and the concurrent conference. All the big name vendors have a presence at the show.

“IBM, HP, Microsoft, Jeraisy, Toshiba, Apple, Al-Moammar-Sun, Konica, Kodak, Hoshan, Element K, Attallah Systems, Arabian Computer Systems, E-commerce-IV, STC, GE, and Ericsson are all attending,” adds Masri.

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