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ICT giants converge on 29th GITEX show

GITEX Technology Week grows to showcase strength of Middle East's ICT industry

ICT giants converge on 29th GITEX show

GITEX Technology Week returns for the 29th year with a dedicated platform for ICT companies around the world looking to expand their business relationships in the Middle East.

Over the past few years, an increasingly high number of leading decision-makers have reaffirmed the importance of one of the world’s most influential communications technology events.

“The region’s importance as a key global IT market has been highlighted by the continuous growth of GITEX Technology Week over the years,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre.

GITEX Technology Week continues to attract influential industry experts and thought leaders, due to the Middle East's position as one of the most sought-after markets in the world. The show has been the platform of choice for the region’s IT industry to showcase its prowess for almost three decades.

“As ICT companies look to drive forward and gain market position following the economic downturn, GITEX Technology Week provides access into the Middle East and North Africa region, and opportunities to cement lasting business relationships as economic stability returns," Almarri adds.

To be held from 18-22th October 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, GITEX Technology Week will offer a focused environment with industry specific sectors including GITEX Business Solutions, GULFCOMMS, and Consumer Electronics.

In addition, the Middle East International Banking, Financial Technology and Services Exhibition, MEFX, will run alongside GITEX Technology Week to provide all-encompassing exposure to business opportunities throughout the region.

One of the major sectors within GITEX Technology Week is the GITEX Global Conference entitled ‘Defining the value of IT in a challenging economy’ which has been expanded again this year to include an impressive 40 tracks and new for this year will be the Leaders in Industry Breakfast Briefings. Designed for senior executives, these sessions will welcome analyst firms Gartner and Forrester Research who will outline key trends and provide industry insight.

Also returning at this year’s GITEX Technology Week will be the extended GITEX Majlis, an executive business programme for CEOs and senior businesspeople. The GITEX Majlis is a VIP club, a made-to-order business experience built around the unique needs of today’s senior corporate executives.

This highly coveted networking programme enables GITEX Technology Week to bring together the industry’s key influencers – CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, and business counterparts - to share experiences, identify best practice and review the latest industry offerings.

New this year is the introduction of interactive features: ‘Smart Office’ and ‘Smart Home’, offering a sneak preview into the technology of the future which will change the way consumers behave in the workplace and home.

With major exhibitors including Cisco, Dell, du, Dubai Internet City (DIC), , Etisalat, HP, Microsoft, NEC Philips, Oracle, Panasonic, Sanyo, Thuraya, and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed to participate at this year’s exhibition, GITEX Technology Week 2009 remains one of the world’s premier IT platforms for global companies to showcase their latest technology and advancements to the Middle East market.

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