25 years and counting for largest trade fair in the Middle East

The Gulf Information Technology Exhibition will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. And, despite being around for a quarter of a century, the tradeshow continues to witness exceptional growth.

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By  Gitex Times Staff Published  September 1, 2005

The Gulf Information Technology Exhibition will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. And, despite being around for a quarter of a century, the tradeshow continues to witness exceptional growth. Each year Gitex attracts an increased number of delegates and exhibitors. This year will be no different as the show’s organiser and host, Dubai World Trade Centre, expects approximately 120,000 IT professionals to visit the show between September 25-29. Those walking through the halls of the DWTC will have roughly 29,000 square metres to cover, and be able to see some 1100 exhibitors representing over 3000 companies. In fact, to fit all these exhibitors in — 2004 saw ‘just’ 939 take part — DWTC has once again expanded the physical presence of the show. This year there will be two additional halls: 4a and 1a. In 2004 the organiser added the Pavilion area, which will be used as a hardware hall this year. “In order to meet the growing demand, we have decided to create an additional 3900 square metres of space adjacent to hall 1. The new area, which will be demarcated hall 1a, will also feature a restaurant,” says DWTC director general, Helal Saeed Khalfan Al Marri. While DWTC continues to come up with ways to house the hundreds of companies wishing to exhibit at the show, Gitex continues to have a huge impact on not only the IT industry but also on Dubai. “The impact Gitex has on Dubai is huge, both in terms of the economy and the IT industry. In fact, Dubai pretty much becomes Gitex for the week — the hotels are full, and flights to Dubai are all booked. Everyone benefits,” says Al Marri. “The reason why so many companies want to appear at the show is that it is a great way to start doing business in the region. If you look around the Middle East IT market today, you will see that many of them started off in the region at Gitex.”

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