October 14-18 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
This October, GITEX Technology Week, the largest technology event in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, returns to Dubai World Trade Centre for its 38th edition. For the 2018 edition, the exhibition will shine a spotlight on four major technological sectors – Smart Cities, AR and VR, Internet of Things, and Smart Manufacturing. The exhibition, taking place from October 14 until the 18th, will showcase some of the latest products and innovations from the world of technology, and brands from all over the world are set to take part.
What is GITEX?
For those who do not know what GITEX is, the acronym stands for “Gulf Information and Technology Exhibition”. It is an annual technology trade show, exhibition, and conference that takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, since 1981. Since its inception is has offered techies, newbies and businesses access to cutting-edge technology and the newest products in the tech market, as well as talks from the biggest worldwide players in the tech business. For 38 years, the most acclaimed names in technology have come together at GITEX Technology Week, displaying for a full week the global technology and groundbreaking innovations that are converging sectors and industries 365 days a year.
That is why the event has historically attracted huge crowds of tech-loving participants, is one of the most memorable experiences when Microsoft released Windows 7 in 2009 to a crowd of 150,019 people. It basically doesn’t get bigger than Gitex!
In this year’s event, attendees will be able to learn about how some of the world’s leading smart cities are integrating these technologies into their infrastructure, and find out which technologies are set to change the world. There will also be networking opportunities, competitions, tech demonstrations, and free-to-attend talks. There will be 24 Dedicated Exhibiting Zones including artificial intelligence, smart home, smart workplace, future transportation, blockchain and much more!
Below are 5 reasons why you should not miss GITEX 2018:
1) Business opportunity and Networking with the top of the tops.
Everyone- including world-famous names from Silicon Valley’s hottest startups- heads to GITEX in anticipation of future business partnerships, future ready-gear, and booming success. It is the fastest growing global startup event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Whether you are looking for public sector partnerships or new business opportunities, you’re bound to find it across one of GITEX networking platforms. In there you will be mingling with Silicon Valley VCs, mega-fund investors and the booming startup community.
For instance, GITEX Future Stars has it all covered when it comes to giving startups a global stage to shine and helping today’s industries get ready for the future. It is where you can see in action the world’s most innovative ideas, it is where industries evolve in real time, as technologies like blockchain and AI go beyond being buzzwords to become business realities.
2) Booming Middle Eastern Technology Sector.
Gartner estimated the total value of the Middle Eastern and North African technology sector to reach $168.8 billion by 2020. This means that the region’s technology sector is booming and growing, giving savvy entrepreneurs the best context in which to develop their tech startups.
Some of the groundbreaking projects under development in the region are the below:
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Minister of Defence and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai expressed his vision for the region stating:
“ Dubai has succeeded in building a business-friendly environment to meet investors needs and requirements, such as full exemption from income and corporate taxes, high-end facilities and infrastructure.”
3) Be in the know and in the now.
Raise your technology quotient with conferences from industry makers and disruptors, with Tech Talks with the biggest names in tech and X-Labs spotlighting the most groundbreaking innovations and with dedicated exhibitor sectors (refer to map of the conference below)... GITEX is a source of knowledge and inspiration that will allow you to stay up to date with the latest technological advances and with all the exciting advances the future promises. Every year the event sets the stage for the introduction of tons of market-shaping new solutions. The world’s first firefighting Drone, the world’s first water-resistant Blackberry, Microsoft AI innovations, 2nd Generation of 3D Printed Humanoid Robots were introduced at the exhibition. There is never a dull moment, you can gain all the information you need over 100+ hours of content covering 9 industry verticals, including case studies and a great deal of perspective-shifting on insights, all real-world practical information.
Furthermore, you can have exclusive access to buy all the latest products from your favorite brands. Computers, phones, drones, you name it! It will all be available to purchase at the exhibition.
4) Source from the World in one location:
In 2017 over 6,200+ meetings took place between exhibitors and buyers, making the event one of the biggest gathering places for tech suppliers and start-ups.
5) This year will be all about AI and the latest groundbreaking technologies
To make sure you don’t miss out on your slice of the AI pie, the 2018 edition is bringing a host of opportunities and learnings to thrive on: Innovators giving you access to live discussions and demos, powered by the latest and most extreme innovations, giving you fresh insights into the latest cutting-edge advancements.
You will have:
- AI Trailblazer Awards, recognizing and rewarding the first-adopters of the tech
- AI Conference tracks explaining how AI is changing the game in the world
- AI Speakers, with world-renowned experts and leaders in the industry explaining the AI applications and uses.
- XLabswith live discussion and tech demos powered by the most disruptive and cutting-edge innovations.
- Dedicated Ai Exhibitor Space.
- Tech Talks: free to attend talks about the latest advancements in the area.
In short, anyone who considers themselves a techie works in a tech-related business, wants to launch a tech start-up or simply loves technology should not miss the opportunity to experience everything GITEX has to offer. If you are any of the above, you will have the chance to experience firsthand what the future has to offer and to mingle with like-minded individuals, businesses and Tech legends. It is a world full of opportunities and one of a kind experiences that will open your mind and expand your horizons and, even be the key to building your own tech empire someday or taking your company to the next level.
Will you be going to this year’s GITEX? Why does it interest you? Please feel free to leave your comments or questions in the comment section below and we will happily get back to you as soon as possible.