His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, officially opened this year's GITEX TECHNOLOGLY WEEK on October 9.
The event witnessed thousands of trade and business visitors attending the first day which is expected to be one of the most successful GITEX weeks ever. More than 3,500 companies from 57 countries, including first time appearances from Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malta, Morocco, Palestine and new national pavillions from Bangladesh, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Scotland and Spain are showcasing their latest products and services to more than 130,000 visitors at the five-day event, which runs until this Thursday at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Helal Saeed Almarri, chief executive officer, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: "GITEX is the lynchpin of the technology industry in the Middle East and a crucial event for the leading decision-makers who are either based in the region or looking to enter one of the fastest growing ICT markets in the world."
Among the opening day highlights, the Global Leaders Summit and the brand new Cyber Security @ GITEX proved to be among the biggest draws. The Global Leaders Summit attracted hundreds of senior ICT professionals who were given expert insights on the theme of ‘Innovation in Leadership' by some of the most respected authorities in their field, including keynote speaker Chris Dedicoat, president EMEA of Cisco, who delivered an inspirational speech on how to achieve sustainable growth in the Middle East. Pranav Mistry, a visionary inventor with an ambition to drive the boundaries of computing also made an impact with his human interface concepts and prototypes, which was a debut in the Middle East.
The CyberSecurity @ GITEX initiative was an instant success with presentations and insights from Jeff Moss, CSO, ICANN, Abu Dhabi Police, aeCERT, McAfee and Blackhat, with more to come throughout the week, including an in-depth study from Symantec on the Norton Report 2011: ‘The true impact of Cybercrime'.
With the inaugural edition in 2010, the GITEX Cloud Confex has already become the largest cloud platform in the Middle East. Starting on Monday 10 October, the Cloud Confex incorporates two days of intense conferencing and a five day exhibition. Day one features a keynote speech by Steve Dietch, VP of cloud solutions and infrastructure, Hewlett-Packard; Chuck Hollis, global marketing and CTO, EMC; Ronald Raffensperger, director of core network, Huawei; Ramesh Krishna Bhandari, business development specialist for cloud services, Etisalat; and Alfonso Di Ianni, senior vice president for the Eastern Europe, CIS, Middle East & Africa regions, Oracle.
In response to the revolution in digital communication, GITEX is introducing its first ever Telecoms Symposium also beginning on Monday, 10 October. The symposium is the region's most comprehensive and influential telecoms forum, featuring some of the world's leading telecommunications experts.