Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates GITEX

The 29th edition of the GITEX Technology Week has attracted over 3,000 companies from 65 countries

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Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates GITEX His Highness was presented with the first commercially available PC loaded with Windows 7 by Microsoft and HP at the venue. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 18, 2009

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, opened the 29th edition of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK today, marking the start of the region's leading IT exhibition.

After officially opening the show, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the VIP entourage toured the exhibition. His Highness was also presented with the first commercially available PC loaded with Windows 7 by Microsoft and HP.

"We are honoured to have His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President and Ruler of Dubai open the 29th edition of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK," says Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre. "The successful preview of Windows 7 and the increase in high-profile delegates and industry decision-makers to the show highlights the importance of the region's ICT market, and the key role GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK plays in facilitation the growth of the market."

"We are already seeing huge interest this year as the industry gets together and discuss opportunities for the future," adds Almarri.

The opening day of GITEX also saw a keynote speech by Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate OEM Vice President, Microsoft Corporation, to introduce Windows 7 to the region.

"The importance of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK is highlighted globally, by the fact that we have decided to preview our product here at the show, a week before our global launch," said Guggenheimer.

"This show serves to spotlights technology trends in one of the most important ICT markets in the world. GITEX today has established itself as the platform of choice for companies to introduce new products and industry knowledge, not just across the Middle East, but globally," he added.

Other attractions at the show this year include a new expanded Global Conference, and a dedicated hall to host government departments from around the Gulf to showcase the region's progress toward introducing e-government.

This year's show has attracted over 3,000 companies from 65 countries with strong representation from many countries with growing IT markets, marking the global reach of GITEX.

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