h.h. mohammed bin rashid al maktoum opens gitex technology week 2008

Published October 19th, 2008 - 07:30 GMT

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has opened this year’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK amidst great expectations of a week of announcements and knowledge exchange.

Taking place at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) until 23 October 2008, GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK will welcome more than 130,000 visitors and 3,300 companies from 83 countries.

One of the world’s top three trade exhibitions, organised by Dubai World Trade Centre, opened to packed crowds eager to experience the latest products and solutions at first-hand from many of the biggest brands in the ICT industry.

“We are honoured to have His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, open GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK this year,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre. “The presence of His Highness highlights the importance of the ICT industry to Dubai and the region, as companies look to build long-lasting relationships within the UAE and wider Middle East.”

One of the biggest highlights on the first day was the keynote address at the GITEX Global Conference from the Chairman and Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, Scott McNealy. Speaking in front of several hundred senior delegates, McNealy addressed current issues affecting the global economy and about the important role open source technology will play in driving economic growth.

"GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK spotlights technology innovations and trends in one of the most important markets in the world, the Middle East. With the volatility in the financial markets today, companies of all shapes and sizes are coming together to discuss the benefits of open standards and open source technology, which give companies more security and control over their own data, as well as lower licensing costs," said McNealy.

"We also are seeing a tremendous amount of interest in the cost, efficiency and performance benefits of products like multi-threaded processors, mobile data centre’s, thin clients and virtualisation."

The GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK Global Conference has been expanded this year to also include an impressive 35 tracks of interactive discussion, featuring some of the region’s leading industry experts on new generation technology. Sessions include a SMB Clinics, CxO Lunches and Tutorials as well as a series of developer workshops with specific emphasis on supporting the development of original Arabic games and software.

Taking place simultaneously at the GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo, the inaugural GITEX Digital Game World will welcome regional teams as they battle it out in a series of organised games and online tournaments to win the opportunity to compete with the visiting world’s best gamers in the ‘Intel Extreme Masters’ competition. GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo is taking place at Airport Expo, Dubai, until 24 October, 2008.

Other show highlights include new product launches and announcements from major international companies including Blackberry, Dell, du, Etisalat, Google, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sun MicroSystems and Symantec.

This year there is also an emphasis on using new Park and Ride service as well as the shuttle bus services in and out of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK. There are double the amount of shuttle buses from main points such as hotels, malls, City Centre and Dubai Internet City.

GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2008 is open from 1pm – 7pm on 19 October, 10am – 7pm on 20-22 October and 10am – 5pm on 23 October. The exhibition is open to Trade and business professionals only. The price of a one-day pass is 40 AED and 100 AED for a five-day pass. Admission includes access to all events including GITEX Business Solutions, GULFCOMMS, and Consumer Electronics. The Consumer Electronics segment only will be open, free to the general public on 23 October.
Website: www.gitex.com

Dubai World Trade Centre will organise three major components of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, designed to maximise the value for business visitors and exhibitors.

•         GITEX Business Solutions – The Leading International IT Trade Event for Enterprise and SMBs for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
•         GULFCOMMS – The Largest International Telecommunications Trade Event for Mobile, Fixed, IP and Satellite for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
•         Consumer Electronics - The Premier International Trade Event for Consumer Electronics, IT Systems, Components and Peripherals for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia

Incorporating the following targeted events:

GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK Global Conference  - This key networking platform brings together the crème de la crème of industry experts and ICT professionals under one roof and will feature an unparalleled series of strategic keynotes, seminars and dynamic networking sessions. The event gives delegates a priceless opportunity to learn from, debate with and exchange views with some of the leading experts within the ICT industry.

GITEX Majlis - This executive business programme for CEOs and other top level executive attendees, is designed to ensure that they enjoy a hassle-free experience at the show. Keeping their busy schedules in mind, members can enjoy easy pre-completed registration, advance issuance and delivery of the GITEX Majlis Badge and Executive Lounge facilities. These are just a few of the benefits offered to GITEX Majlis members.

New for 2008 - GITEX Digital Game World – GITEX Digital Game World, an interactive event that will incorporate the largest digital tournament ever held in the Middle East. Taking place simultaneously at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK and GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo the event will cover all aspects of gaming. GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK will provide a platform to discuss the business-to-business potential of this innovative market, including special sessions on online retail sales and interactive advertising whilst regional teams will battle it out in a series of organised games and online tournaments, held at GITEX Shopper.

Gadget Glam - This exciting showcase presents a fascinating mix of innovations in consumer technology and promises to attract even those with an interest in technology, not to mention gadget lovers who want a sneak preview of the latest in the market before anyone else. The event consists of a catwalk and showcase area featuring everything from mobiles to mp3 players and HD Cameras to LCDs. A fantastic innovative way to present new launches this event delivers one of the fastest, most lucrative markets in the world, at the largest show of its kind in the region.

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Website: www.dwtc.com

As the organiser of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 29 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.



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