The world’s only live global technology event, the GITEX Technology Week, opened in Dubai on Sunday, the 6th of December, 2020. The landmark event was opened by the Crown Prince of Dubai “Sheikh Hamdan Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum” at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). This year’s event interestingly marks the 40th edition of the phenomenal event. The hosting of the event by Dubai is apparently in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to accelerate economic leadership in the UAE.
The 40th edition of GITEX Technology Week features the participation of more than 1,200 innovative tech enterprises, government entities and startups spread across over 60 countries, over 200 of the most active investors and VCs from 30 countries, and over 350 speakers from 30 countries. It is however interesting to note that though virtually all the event this year has taken on a virtual mode due to the global Pandemic that has grounded economic activities in several quarters, notably, the 2020 edition of GITEX is the only major in-person technology event to go live this year. Because of the pandemic backdrop against which the event is being hosted, the event has put in place firm precautionary protocols designed to ensure the safety of all exhibitors, visitors and participants.
According to the Crown Prince, inherent in the purpose of hosting the GITEX Technology Week this year is the need to inject confidence back into cogent sectors both regionally and internationally and the event is just one out of series of events geared towards this purpose. This is equally in line with Dubai’s role as a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.
The crown prince has taken time to visit the country pavilions of Saudi Arabia, Israel and France and the pavilions of Abu Dhabi and Ajman governments. Other pavilions being hosted include: Bahrain, Japan, USA, UK, Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Poland, Romania, Russia and Nigeria.
The crown prince also took time to visit the pavilions of local companies, this includes: Dubai Internet City, Etisalat, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Customs, Dubai Police, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
The event which commenced on December 6 and will run through to the 10th of December, 2020 is the umbrella for the region’s leading technology shows.
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