Comdex Saudi Arabia is postponed

Event organisers, Tanmiah Commercial Group (DITevents) put exhibition on hold after a careful study of its options. A new date for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  March 26, 2003

Comdex Saudi Arabia, which was due to start in just over two weeks, has been postponed. Event organisers Tanmiah Commercial Group (DITevents) said it had put the event on hold after a careful study of its options.

“The exhibition is postponed to a date to be decided in the next 4 weeks after careful study of all available options, including the current conditions of the region. We will announce the new date as soon as it is decided,” said a statement on the company’s web site.

In contrast, Riyadh Exhibitions Company (REC) was buoyant about its prospects for Gitex Saudi, due to run at the end of April. Alongside the likes Saudi Telecom, HP, Etisalat and Dubai Internet City (DIC), there will be a large international contingent from Taiwan and India.

“We’re acting as [the facilitator]… Introducing new companies and technologies to the Saudi Arabian market,” says Mohammed Al Hussieni, PR manager, REC.

“We don’t have a lot of international companies, but most major IT companies are going to be represented through their local partners,” he adds.

Al Hussieni admits that recent political events will impact the show — and the market — to some degree. However, the local market has matured since the last Gulf War and there is still a lot of pent-up demand in the region for IT services.

“The IT market in Saudi is the largest in the region. It accounts for something like 40% of the region’s entire IT spending. End users are watching the situation, but we don’t think that it will effect attendance at the show,” he adds.

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