HH Sheikh Mohammed officially opens GITEX
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai gets 33rd GITEX up and running
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, officially opened the 33rd edition of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK yesterday.
His Highness toured the show and visited a number of stands throughout the event, including the exhibits of the major regional telecoms and ICT vendors.
This year’s event, which runs until 24th October, is being held under the banner of ‘Let’s Create, Disrupt and Re-imagine Together’ and aims to bring together IT professionals and decision makers from around the globe.
More than 3,500 companies are exhibiting at the event, and 130,000 visitors are expected to attend.
New for this year’s GITEX is the Big Data Conference, opening on Tuesday, which will provide a forum for discussion of this emerging trend for the ICT industry. The GITEX Cloud Confex has been expanded for 2013, with the addition of the Cloud Awards, which put a spotlight on leading cloud computing projects.
Competition is also the name of the game for the first GITEX Hot Stuff Awards, which is seeking out the greatest consumer gadgets in the region, and the Student Lab competition, which is sponsored by the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MoPA) with support from Google.
This year’s show includes a major new international partnership, with the co-location of the GSMA Mobile 360 Series event, which will host executives from the mobile industry, as well as key government and regulator personnel.
Also co-hosted at the event is InfoComm MEA, the specialist event for audio visual and broadcast technologies, which returns for a third time.