GITEX

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Gitex
Status Active
Genre TechnologyConsumer ElectronicsTelecommunications
Venue Dubai World Trade Center
Location(s) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Inaugurated 1996
Attendance 150,000
Organized by Dubai World Trade Center
Website
gitex.com

GITEX ("Gulf Information Technology Exhibition") is an annual consumer computer and electronics trade show, exhibition, and conference that takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Its exhibitions in the Middle East have attracted numerous participants, most notably in 2009 when Microsoft released Windows 7 with 150,019 people present.[1]

The GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo attracts ICT retailers and suppliers such as 50 Cent, Etisalat, RedHat, and Dell.[2][3] The consumer participants include IT professionals, technology enthusiasts, students and consumers as well as regional traders.

GITEX history[edit]

The show was launched in 1981 as GITE and occupied Hall One of the Dubai World Trade Centre. With the launch of MacWorld at the 1988 show, GITEX (the X had been added by now) expanded to two halls of the exhibition centre. For some years it has now filled the entire DWTC complex, currently consisting of 10 exhibition halls comprising a million feet of exhibition space.

GITEX Shopper 2009 had 150,019 visitors representing 121 nationalities.[citation needed]

The 2012 event included 60% from Middle East, 19% from Africa, 13% from the Americas, 4% from East and South Asia and 4% from Europe. There was a 24% increase from Africa as compared to 2011.[4]

GITEX Cairo[edit]

GITEX Cairo was launched in 1998 and ran for three years before the 2002 edition was postponed.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gitex". TutorGig Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Wakama, Abby (October 19, 2012). "Business Booms As GITEX Technology Week 2012 Ends". It's News Africa. 
  3. ^ Mesbah, Rana (October 17, 2012). "Red Hat exhibits with Dell at Gitex 2012". AME Info. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Alshoaiby, Mohammed (October 17, 2012). "Africa set to become ICT investment destination". Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gulf News". March 5, 2002. Retrieved September 2014.