Dubai: The 36th Gitex technology Week, the largest ICT exhibition in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, opened doors to trade and businesses on Sunday.
The five-day event, which was inaugurated by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, is showcasing live demonstrations of next-generation technology solutions from governments and international companies that will transform Middle East businesses.
Across a space of over one million square feet, organisers expect over 100,000 visitors from 150 countries to take part, apart from 4,000 exhibiting companies and 230 speakers.
The five-day event, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from October 16, under the theme “Reimagining Realities”, will redefine how technology can transform businesses through cutting-edge showcases, international keynotes and dignitaries from around the globe in attendance.
Over 200 investors and influential tech investment executives from Silicon Valley, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including SoftBank Group International, 500 Startups, Accel Partners, Golden Gate Ventures, Middle East Venture Partners among others will arrive in Dubai to explore, discover, evaluate and potentially fund some of the most promising start-ups with a particular eye on regional talent. The illustrious funding ventures of these investors include global giants Facebook, Dropbox and Spotify among others.
Inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs, the Out-Talk Conference will host keynotes from startup experts such as media mogul Troy Carter, who catapulted pop icon Lady Gaga and John Legend to global fame, now Global Head of Creator Services for digital music service Spotify; Evan Burfield, Co-Founder of startup incubator and seed fund 1776; and venture investor Christopher Schroeder who recently wrote “Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East”.