His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, inaugurates the five-day show.
The 35th Gitex Technology Week opened on Sunday at the Dubai World Trade Centre and is apparently the region’s most-awaited ICT showcase.
The five-day event, which was inaugurated by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, is showcasing live demonstrations of next-generation technology solutions from governments and international companies that will transform Middle East businesses in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.
More than 3,600 companies from over 62 countries are taking part in the exhibition.
A variety of buzzwords linked to the event such as the “Internet Future of Everything”, connected cloud, big data, mobility and security drew technology enthusiasts in droves.
It is expected that the event will usher in 140,000 visitors from over 140 countries, including more than 20,000 C-level executives.
A series of bilateral agreement is expected to be signed by government entities and private organizations, with the Dubai Smart Government Department (DSG) fielding 36 government entities.
Beyond trade referendums and agreements, the show features next-generation of transformative at the new GTX Horizons Zone.
On display are exhibitors across 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, drones, and robotics, featuring the world’s leading drone manufacturer DJI and a selection of winners from this year’s Drones for Good UAE Award, along with partners DigiRobotics and Jacky’s Business Solutions.
With more than 100 free-to-attend sessions and more than 150 thought leaders, visitors can hear the latest in technology innovation from high-level speakers.
It appears that the event was important enough that big names such as GBM, Alpha Data and Intel are strategically partnering with Cisco to showcase IOT/IOE Technology solutions.
Indeed, from virtual reality headsets to improve the skills of learner drivers, to drones designed to help Civil Defence teams assess emergencies, the latest technology on display at Gitex was as dazzling as it was awe inspiring.