Gitex gets ready for influx of Saudi visitors

Saudi government increases spending on IT infrastructure and security

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Gitex gets ready for influx of Saudi visitors Organisers of Gitex are expecting an influx of visitors from Saudi Arabia. (ITP Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 15, 2011

The total amount the Saudi Arabian government spends on IT infrastructure and security, particularly in the areas of communication and education, could pass the $6.4 billion mark, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

 "Liberalisation of the telecommunications sector and increasing demand for Internet connectivity across different verticals are the two main drivers fuelling Saudi Arabia's IT industry growth," said Trixee Loh, SVP, World Trade Centre and organiser of Gitex Technology Week. "Research tells us that Saudi Arabia maintains one of the world's fastest growing markets for safety and security solutions, equipment, and systems, as just one example. The Kingdom has invested billions of dollars to upgrade and increase security measures in cities, industrial installations, financial institutions, transportation infrastructure, and utility plants."

Gitex Technology Week is now in its 31st year and is introducing a host of new features which will appeal to visitors to this, the world's third-largest ICT exhibition and conference.

According to Gitex organisers, the number of Saudi exhibitors has doubled this year from 2010.

"With today's demand for instant access to the web and reliance on broadband connections, globally the trend has moved towards a ‘need-it-fast' and ‘need-it-now' environment. For companies like us, Gitex allows us to showcase our technology not only regionally but globally as delegates will be attending from all over the world. Gitex gives us a platform to introduce FONS International as one of the best solutions to meet the demands of an evolving technology landscape, and gives us the opportunity to share and highlight our projects with visitors and potential customers, allowing us to assure our marketing strategy and continue to expand globally," commented, Abdulrahman Al Jenaidel, General Manager, Saudi FONS International Telecom Equipment Trading.

This year, Gitex Technology Week will feature CyberSecurity @Gitex, an edutainment section that will offer presentations on cybercrime awareness, as well as live demonstrations providing visitors practical advice on how to defend against attacks across a variety of platforms.

It will also feature two other new sections, Gitex Digital Marketing and Gitex Card Technology.

The Gitex Mobile, Apps & Content World feature returns in 2011, as does the Government @ Gitex feature.

The 2011 Gitex Conference programme includes: the Global Leaders Summit; the Gitex Telecoms Symposium, and the annual GITEX Cloud Confex.

Gitex Technology Week runs from 9th to 13th October 2011 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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