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GITEX 2011: Redefine the Future

Information technology enthusiasts have their calendar marked on October 9 for GITEX’s annual weeklong exhibition. Just how much do you know about GITEX though? Kipp takes a look at the history, finance, success, and other aspects of the region’s biggest ICT event.

October 6, 2011 12:27 by

History

GITEX, abbreviated for Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, is an annual electronics and technology trade show. The event which takes place in Dubai attracts visitors and exhibitors from GCC and other regional countries.

Over the years the event has evolved to cover a wide range of sectors related to or affected by information technology.  These include business solutions, consumer technology, and government. In addition, conferences, talks, and side events take place alongside the main exhibition. This has led the organisers to dub event “GITEX Technology Week”.

GITEX debuted in 1980 just nine year after the UAE’s unification. The event which reportedly attracts more than 160,000 visitors from around 60 countries will takes place annually at the Dubai World Trade Centre, while the more recent Gitex Shopper is held at Dubai’s Airport Expo.

 

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