The 29th edition of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK has been hailed as one of the most successful information communications technology events of the year by industry leaders. 133,708 trade visitors attended this year’s show, a three percent increase on 2008 and the highest number of visitors to the show ever, confirming GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK as the indisputable de facto IT networking event of the year. Senior executives lauded the impact of GITEX on bucking the recent economic drift and confirming its status as a leading industry sxhibition of global importance. At a time when all other ICT shows are slowing down or reducing in size and stature, GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2009 rose above industry expectations to deliver exceptional return on investment to more than 3,000 international companies. “GITEX 2009 defied the global downward trend in technology exhibitions to record a very successful event,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre. “We were successful and effective in providing a global platform for dialogue and mission critical business issues, at a time when the global ICT industry is facing its toughest challenge.” Trade visitors were delighted with the opportunity to source new business solutions and share knowledge at the GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK event. The major launches and deals which took place were a key part of the week’s success with four new product launches from Oracle including Fusion Middleware 11g, Panasonic’s breakthrough 3D technology, and the preview of Microsoft Windows 7 ahead of its global launch. Du also announced a strategic partnership with Cisco to offer Cisco WebEx collaboration solutions, while Etisalat unveiled its first self-branded mobile device. Dell launched ProManaged modular and managed services, Toshiba showcased the world's first 64GB SDXC Memory Card, and Thuraya launched the world’s toughest satellite phone. Feedback from exhibiting companies affirmed that 2009 witnessed an increase in the number of senior executives at the event. Many of the exhibitors created major opportunities for companies to sign new agreements and introduce new solutions to the region. “GITEX 2009 was a great show for us, really money well spent,” said Husam Dajani, Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Oracle. “We saw higher visitor numbers, and from the entire region including Africa. And we believe that, from an organisational perspective, GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2009 was much better than previous years. Based on what we have seen, Oracle remains confident in, and committed to, the region.” The GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK opening keynote address was presented to hundreds of C-Level executives by Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate OEM Vice President, Microsoft Corporation. “GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK is such a large show for the region; it is very technology focused,” said Guggenheimer. “If you look at the senior executives coming from all around the world, I think it speaks to the importance of the region, the growth that people are looking for and expecting in the Middle East and Africa region.
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