GITEX is one of the world’s largest consumer goods trade shows for the technology industry. It is held annually in Dubai and attracts over 150,000 people including retailers, suppliers, IT professionals, technology enthusiasts, students and general consumers.
The breadth and range of participants is unbelievable and includes Cisco, Dell, Du, Etisalat, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard, Huawei, Kaspersky, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, RIM, Samsung, SAP, Symantec, Dell, RedHat, Apple, Samsung, Intel, and many many more.
This event attracts the latest in both software and hardware, with many retailers showcasing eye-catching launches that lead to interesting debates and facilitates the host of business connections. For example, in 2009, Microsoft released Windows 7 and in 2012 it released a preview of Windows 8. Etisalat also showcased their 300 Mbps speed on the 4G LTE network, the NFC/Flous display, and augmented reality demonstration at last year’s event, as did 50 Cent with his SMS Audio Headphones.
GITEX 2013 will be held at the Dubai World Trade centre – an impressive conference and exhibition arena – between the 20th and 24th of October.
- 20 October 13:00 – 19:00
- 21 October 11:00 – 19:00
- 22 October 11:00 – 19:00
- 23 October 11:00 – 19:00
- 24 October 11:00 – 17:00
Go to http://www.gitex.com/ to buy your ticket today! Prices are AED 75 for a 1-day pass and AED 170 for a 5-day pass (only for techies!!!) Note: there are special prices for visitors that have attended GITEX over the past 3 years!
Given the success of this event, there is also a GITEX shopper event being held in Dubai between the 5th and 12th of October, also at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This is a unique opportunity to find your favorite gadgets at unbeatable prices – Entry fee of AED 30.
So the key question is where to stay? With 150,000 participants, you definitely need to book your room early. Here are a few suggestions:
- Fairmont Dubai on Sheikh Zayed
- Crown Plaza
- Radisson Royal Hotel
- The H Hotel
- Ritz Carlton
- Emirates Grand
- Dusit Thani Dubai
- Shangri-la Hotel
- Towers Rotana