GITEX 2016 to change how visitors view the world

From 3D printing to VR, GITEX 2016 set to put visitors in the driver seat of the $200bn Middle East IT economy

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GITEX 2016 to change how visitors view the world GITEX 2016: Drones, robotics, and 3D printing are technology innovations that will drive the global digital economy
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 7, 2016

The Middle East IT spend is set to reach $212.9bn in 2016, a 37% increase from the previous year, this puts GITEX at the centre of a thriving global ICT economy.

GITEX Technology Week 2016 will host exhibitors, entrepreneurs and experts and showcase evolving technologies, such as virtual reality, drones and robotics.

Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice-president, exhibitions and events management at Dubai World Trade Centre said: "GITEX is at the global nexus of trade and technology innovation, with the UAE government a leader in using technology to transform daily lives and businesses. GITEX is the single most powerful and influential sourcing platform for tech solutions and innovations in the region."

The UAE is driving technology initiatives, such as the first fully 3D printed office building and the Dubai Future Endowment Fund, which dedicates AED 1 billion to support innovative projects in the Emirate.

Under the theme "Reimagining Realities", GITEX 2016 will redefine how technology can transform businesses through showcases, international keynotes and dignitaries from around the globe.

The virtual reality gaming industry alone is expected to rise to $4.4bn by 2022; according to IDC this technology is set to be the GCC's next billion dollar industry. GITEX 2016 will also feature its "immersive Tech" section, showcasing virtual reality headsets and augmented reality tools used in live surgery, to demonstrate how a new view of reality can change lives and businesses.

Robert Scoble, a San Francisco-based technology expert stated: "Emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are set to completely transform daily lives and business, with a shift in the social experience as massive as the launch of the personal computer. Governments, businesses, and startups that are early adopters and innovators in technology will be able to leapfrog competitors, reimagine their businesses, and drive the world's digital economy."

The GITEX Startup Movement is set to be the most global event of its kind, connecting over 400 startups from 35 countries, and 1,000 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, government buyers, and mentors.

3D printing technology will also be exhibited at GITEX and will demonstrate how an array of printers and makers creating everything from medical supplies and automobile parts shape the vision of 3D printing technology. The 3D print spend in the MEA region alone is set to reach $1.3bn by 2019, presenting clear market opportunities.

To further demonstrate how the supply chain is evolving, robotics and drones will be buzzing in the halls of GITEX 2016.

Bilal Al Hattab, managing director at DigiRobotics Technologies said: "As the interconnected Internet of Things era rises, robotics and automated solutions will be essential for organisations to overcome the world's most pressing challenges. From high-risk activities such as welding, to driverless cars and robotic cafes, the next generation of automated services being demoed at GITEX will drive Smart City innovation in the Middle East and around the world."

GITEX 2016 will run between 16-20 October and will bring focus to the latest in emerging technology, while solidifying its role as a premier venue for business development and industry networking.

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