Gitex Global 2022, which will be held from October 10 to 14 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), will be the biggest ever technology event in the world, hosting more than 5,000 companies across 2 million sqft of exhibition space.
The organiser expects more than 100,000 visitors from over 170 countries will attend the five-day exhibition, which will showcase a number of unique experiences for visitors.
“This year is a pivot for Gitex – a year where we can make bold claims. This Gitex is officially the biggest technology event in the world in terms of exhibitors, space and global reach. This shows that when Dubai and UAE aspire to do something in any sector or field, we take it seriously and put the right investment and measures behind it,” said Omar Al Olama, UAE’s Minister of State for AI, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, at the Gitex Global 2022 press conference on Thursday.
“We are not just showcasing technologies at Gitex, this year we’re ensuring that companies are investing and developing technologies as well,” he said.
“This is the biggest technology event in the world. The Gulfood is the biggest in the world and this Gitex is bigger than that. This year, it’s bigger by 25 per cent as compared to last year in terms of exhibitors and scale. For startups, we have a lot of new firms coming from Germany, France, Italy, and South Korea,” said Trixie LohMirmand, executive vice president, Events Management, DWTC, the organiser of the exhibition.
The upcoming edition will host X-Verse to curate a highly immersive metaverse experience, featuring 28 experiential brands and world premiers providing a never-seen experience.
The expo will also host Global DevSlam, which will be the region’s largest coder and developer meetup, connecting 10,000 coders to developers from the world’s biggest technology firms.
Earlier known as Gitex Future Stars, North Star Dubai will be the world’s largest startup event with 30 per cent extra capacity, bringing together more than 1,000 startups.
“Fintech Surge” will bring together investors, entrepreneurs, innovators and institutions leveraging the vast growth of different payment solutions.
Speakers at the Future Blockchain summit will discuss new opportunities and innovations in the field of blockchain, crypto and web3.0.
While speakers at Gitex Conferences will highlight a variety of topics including digital cities, AI, education, data economy, energy, cybersecurity, future e-mobility, healthcare and telecom and 6G.
“We also created a lot of new agendas and technology themes such as Global DevSlam and X-Verse to bring a whole new community and different technologies enthusiasts. The space demand for North Start Dubai has also been tremendous because, over the last six years, North Star has become a strong brand. Therefore, a lot of companies want to come here for funding and expanding their businesses and set up base here,” said LohMirmand.
“One of the missions of UAE digital transformation is to entice and attract companies to come and explore the local market and set up base here. We have 35-40 per cent exhibitors in the show that are not set up in the UAE,” she said.