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Cisco Connect returns to UAE

Tech forum to be held in Dubai in mid-February; Internet of Everything to feature prominently

Cisco Connect returns to UAE
Dabboussi: The UAE is rapidly evolving as one of the leaders globally in the Internet of Everything age.

Cisco announced today that its flagship technology summit Cisco Connect 2015 UAE will be held from 18-19 February at Atlantis the Palm Hotel, in Dubai.

Themed, "Connecting the Unconnected", the event is intended as an opportunity for delegates to "network, share knowledge, and drive the technology agenda for the region's public and private sectors", Cisco said in a statement.

The event is expected to see attendance from over 1,200 regional businesses, including decision makers, customers, media representatives, and industry specialists.

Cisco promised a "distinguished line-up" of industry keynote speakers, and topics will cover a range of issues, including trends in the Internet of Things (IoT)/Internet of Everything arena. The core event will consist of technology presentations and breakout sessions led by Cisco specialists. Sessions will dissect key technology areas, such as data centres, cloud, collaboration, mobility, video, and security.

Also at the event will be Cisco's "World of Solutions", an interactive exhibition area that incorporates product and technology demonstrations, and the latest solutions from Cisco and its partners. This year's event will host 24 partner stands and over 80sqm of Cisco demonstrations.

Cisco claims that the IoE - the linking of people, process, data, and things - is creating "new capabilities, richer experiences, and economic opportunities". The company predicts 500bn connected devices worldwide by 2030.

Cisco believes several technology transitions - including the emergence of the Internet of Things, increased mobility, cloud computing, and the growing importance of big data and analytics - are combining to enable IoE.  Driven by Dubai Smart City, Dubai's public and private sectors can achieve a potential AED17.9bn ($4.87bn) in value by 2019, the company claimed.

"It is a great opportunity for Cisco in the UAE to be hosting Cisco Connect once again following its successful launch in 2013," said Rabih Dabboussi, general manager, Cisco UAE. "The UAE is rapidly evolving as one of the leaders globally in the Internet of Everything age - an era where interconnectedness will deliver incredible beneficial changes to all areas of everyday life, from social infrastructure, transportation and public services to healthcare and education.

"We are confident that this year's Connect agenda and the networking opportunities created will once again provide a real platform for thought leadership, technology architecture, and the role of innovation to address the current and future ICT environment, not only in the UAE, but also throughout the Middle East region."

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