Middle East IT spend to hit $192bn in 2013

GITEX 2013 to nurture regional growth

Global and regional ICT decision-makers from 150 countries are gearing up for the 33rd edition of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, with the grand opening taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre today. ITP Reports

This year the event welcomes new country participants from Belarus, Brazil, Finland, Kenya, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia and Ukraine among over 3,500 exhibiting companies and 130,000 visitors.

Now firmly established as Middle East Africa and South Asia region’s top ICT event – and one of the most influential in the world – GITEX attracts 80% of the world’s leading ICT brands from across the globe, according to event organiser DWTC. This year the event sees a 26% increase in international exhibitors and a 12% increase in exhibitors overall, compared with 2012.

Dubai Internet City is a strategic partner in this year’s event, which will run from today, 20-24 October under the theme “Let’s Create, Disrupt and Re-imagine Together”.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha are the Middle East and North Africa’s three most networked cities, according to a recent report from technology company Ericsson, while Gartner reports that IT spend in the Middle East continues to skyrocket, and is projected to reach $192.9bn in 2013, a 5.5% increase from 2012. By 2016, Middle East IT spend is predicted to stand at $223bn.

Speaking at the GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2013 press conference, His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, director general, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, said:

“We are proud that GITEX, under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has enabled and influenced many public and private businesses and industries, and helped create a new digital ecosystem in the country.”

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