|More national pavilions, and growing : 1,500 cies at GITEX
|The third most prominent IT exhibition in the world, and the most important one in the Middle East, opened for the its 22nd year at the Dubai World Trade Center. GITEX 2002 was everyting that it promised to be, and more. This year's show surpasses its predecessors in numerous ways.
With more national pavilions than ever before, 16 in total, one of which is the Jordan pavilion, and covering more space than even before- 47,000 square meters-organisers said the show's continued growth reflects the growth of the regional IT indutsry and the commitment of Dubai's government to be at the forefront of all things.
GITEX runs from Sunday, 13 October, to Thursday, 17 October, occupied all eight halls at the Dubai International Exhibition Center. More than 600 exhibitors representing some 1500 companies and 37 countries are participating.
This year, Halls 1 and 8 house national pavilions, Halls 2, 3 and 4 feature hardware solutions while Halls 5 and 6 focus predominantly on software solutions. Once again, Hall 5a features Oracle Open World and Hall 7 is devoted to networking and business communications technology.
Exhibitors demonstrated new technologies, launched the latest releases of a broad range of new IT solutions into the regional market and displayed their newest wares in a bid to corner new business opportunities. Meanwhile, the exhibition's retail component, Gitex Computer Shopper- which opened earlier at the Airport Expo in Dubai will feature more than 100 companies offering super deals on a wide selection of computer hardware, software, peripherals, telecommunication products and multi-media options.
Four new pavilions at Gitex are the Finland, Northern Ireland, Pakistan and India pavillions. As usual, these pavilions are complemented by the presence of numerous international players including Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Toshiba, HP, Acer, Panasonic, Siemens, Ricoh, Canon and many more. Roughly 35 percent of this year's exhibitors are new to the show.
The exhibition's strong appeal among international players is complemented by a solid regional contingent with many of the region's largest interests represented.