With a growth of 24.5% forecasted over the next year*, Qatar has become one of the leading markets for ICT investments in the Middle East according to the latest research from Business Monitor International. This growth is driven by increased opportunities in private sectors such as finance and energy, and the public sector including healthcare and education.
Qatari companies are fast establishing a reputation as drivers of ICT development such as small business solutions, telecoms and cloud computing and the rapidly increasing IT demands in the Middle East are being met by Qatari companies.
MEEZA, the largest Qatari contingent at this year's 30th anniversary of GITEX, is a specialist in cloud computing and recently won the award for Best New Cloud Services in the Middle East at the Data Centre Strategies Forum, in Abu Dhabi.
To reflect the growth in investment and to attract further business, the presence of Qatari ICT companies at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK has increased four-fold compared to 2009. Leading names joining MEEZA include Soft Solutions and Pracoss Technologies.
GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, which takes place at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, 17 – 21 October 2010, is the largest ICT event in the Middle East and Africa and provides an essential platform for companies looking to grow into the region.
"The 30th anniversary of GITEX is a key milestone for the region's ICT industry," said Abdulla Qassem, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of GITEX. "This very special event will help more Qatari organisations build business relationships with the global ICT community, which is now prioritising its attention to this part of the world. Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the Gulf and the infrastructure and ease of conducting business has made it a key market for international technology companies.
"GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK is the most significant ICT show of the year in the Middle East and Africa and is making an increasing impact on the global technology events stage. Companies across the region are able to use GITEX as a platform to highlight the latest technological advancements and explore opportunities for growth," he added.
"It is important that our clients, stakeholders and the broader public have an opportunity to hear about new and emerging IT solutions, and understand how these technologies are impacting organisations in Qatar and across the region," said James Fanella, VP Sales & Marketing, MEEZA. "GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK is the essential ICT event in the region, and we are looking to develop a strong working relationship with global companies as Qatar's ICT landscape expands."
Many leading regional and international companies have confirmed their presence at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, including Amazon, Avaya, Blackberry (RIM), Cisco Linksys, Comguard, Datel, Yahoo! Maktoob, Etisalat, Ford, Fujitsu/Netapp, Genius/Edimax, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Kaspersky, Logicom, Microsoft, Monster, Music Master, Nokia, Oracle, Panasonic, Promate, RTA Secureway, Sharp, Symantec, Tandberg, Thuraya, Touchmate, Yahsat, and many more.
To ensure the show maintains its pace setting agenda, brand new elements have been added, including specialist features on the latest technology innovation and ICT business opportunities. Among the keynote speakers at the new Global Leaders Summit is Randi Zuckerberg, official Facebook spokesperson, Director of Market Development and sister of CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Alongside Ms Zuckerberg, Ali Faramawy, Vice President of Microsoft International, and Bhaskar Gorti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Global Business Unit for Oracle will share their expertise in ICT business strategy in emerging markets.
Another new addition, Cloud Confex, debates the growing phenomenon of Cloud Computing, and GITEX Mobile Apps & Content World covers the highly lucrative and largely untapped market of mobile phone applications in the Middle East.
Alongside these debut features, the GITEX 2010 Global Conference sees a gathering of some of the ICT industry's most respected and experienced professionals addressing some of the most contemporary issues in today's ICT landscape. This dedicated knowledge exchange forum – the largest in the region – will include 30 individually streamed seminars with topics as diverse as 'Women in Business', 'Greening the Organisation' and 'The New Age of Security'.
GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK embodies the continuing momentum of growth in the Middle East ICT sector and draws global attention and mounting investment to the region. The show connects more than 133,000 industry professionals from 135 countries with over 3,500 suppliers and is one of the most influential and high-profile events in the global ICT sector today.