Gitex Saudi Arabia opens in Riyadh

Gitex Saudi Arabia attracts 600 companies from thirteen countries

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By  Eliot Beer in Riyadh Published  April 21, 2008

The 2008 Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) opened yesterday in Riyadh, with 600 companies from 13 countries showing off their latest products and solutions.

Engineer Mohammed bin Ahmed Mulla, the Saudi Arabian Minister for Communications and IT, formally opened the show on Sunday afternoon with a walkthrough of the various stands. He expressed his admiration for the evolution of technology, and the companies exhibiting at the event.

Telecoms companies are prominent at the event, with both Saudi Telecom Company and Mobily taking large stands, along with HP, Nokia and other big technology names. The show also encompasses GITEX Shopper, which offers deals on consumer IT products.

Technology vendors and consultants from around the world come to GITEX Riyadh to interact with Saudi IT professionals, who are currently on a spending spree. The Saudi IT market is expected to boom even further on the back of continuing high oil prices, and the resulting increase in government spending.

GITEX Riyadh is the counterpart of GITEX Dubai, now one of the three largest IT shows in the world. The Saudi Arabian edition is now in its seventh year of operation.

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