The Middle East’s biggest technology show, GITEX Technology Week 2015, opened its doors in Dubai on October 18.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, officially opened the 35th edition of the leading ICT event in the region.
“We are honoured that His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has opened the 35thedition of GITEX Technology Week. The event is not only a marker of Dubai’s growth as a leading technology hub and Smart City innovation, but also signifies the region’s steadily rising innovation-led development in the Internet of Things era, from drones to robotics. GITEX Technology Week 2015 will play a vital role in realising the Smart Dubai initiative, and the event again sets the stage for the next level of technology investment and nationwide digital transformation across the region,” said His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre Authority (DWTCA).
Held at the Dubai World trade Centre, the event, which has the theme of “The Internet Future of Everything”, is expected to attract more than 130,000 technology experts and professionals from around the world.
This year’s GITEX Technology Week features the next generation of Future Cities technology solutions in drones, robotics, 3D printing, and transportation.
Experts anticipate that the fast-growing Cloud market in the GCC will support the region to become a global driver in innovations connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 19: General Atmosphere at the Drones and Robotics stands during the 35th GITEX Technology Week at Dubai World Trade Centre on October 19, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Darren Arthur/Getty Images for Dubai World Trade Centre)
According to Frost & Sullivan, the region’s Cloud market is set to grow from $118.5 million in 2014 to $668.5m in 2020.
It is expected that connected Cloud technology, such as mobile apps, e-government, drones, 3D printing, and robotics, will form the foundation of the region’s rapidly-growing Future Cities.
Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice-President, Dubai World Trade Centre, organisers of GITEX Technology Week 2015, says the 35th anniversary of the technology show “will be our most expansive and international edition to date.”
“Our roster of world-renowned thought leaders and global technology companies reflect the strong demand for how IoT technologies can impact daily lives and every industry vertical in the Middle East and beyond,” says LohMirmand.
Saudi Arabia, represented by its Ministry of Interior, is the Official Country Partner of GITEX Technology Week 2015, which will see participation 3,600 exhibiting brands from 62 countries.
“As the Official Country Partner for GITEX Technology Week 2015, the Kingdom will use this global platform to demonstrate best practices in government-led innovation to boost economic diversification, while encouraging foreign direct investment in the Kingdom’s ICT sector and supporting home-grown technology entrepreneurs to expand beyond our borders to deliver transformative services,” says Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Asiri, Official Spokesperson, National Information Center, Ministry of Interior, Saudi Arabia.
The event will also host key figures including the Prime Minister of Estonia, ICT ministers from Egypt, Kenya, and Nigeria, and senior executives from Accenture, BP, Boeing, and Facebook. GITEX Technology Week 2015 will end on October 22.