GITEX Shopper Dubai, the Middle East's largest consumer IT and electronics show, welcomes tech enthusiasts who want access to exclusive product launches and packaged deals. Soon afterwards,GITEX Technology Week kicks off in the same venue, bringing together the brightest minds in computing for a series of compelling conferences and competitions. So if you're keen on keeping up with technology trends, see below for how to make the best of these events.
GITEX Shopper Dubai
More than 200,000 tech fans from around the world descend on Dubai every October for the GITEX Shopper event. The prestigious event will be held at Za'abeel Halls 4-6 in Dubai World Trade Centre, located just 12-minute drive, or a 30-minute ride with public transport from our Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek. Audience numbers and sales statistics have reliably escalated since the event's inception: last year's GITEX Shopper racked up sales of AED 259 million, and it's set to go even bigger this year.
Exhibitors typically include international giants such as Lenovo, Huawei, Samsung and Toshiba, along with an impressive collection of major regional players, such as E-Max, Jacky’s Electronics and Sharaf DG. With opening hours running from 11am to 11pm every day of the eight-day festival, you can pop by after a day's sightseeing or commit yourself to a full week's worth of retail frenzy. The exhibitors are divided up into categories covering lifestyle products, consumer electronics, gaming and entertainment, home appliances, IT, and office automation.
Tickets are priced at just 185AED per person and per entry, with free admission for children under five. Launching the latest smartphones, laptops, cameras, tablets and TVs, this is the only place to be if you love holding new technology in your hands while the rest of the world is still wistfully reading about it.
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GITEX Technology Week
One of the most influential tech events around, GITEX Technology Week also happens in Dubai in October. Discussing the role of technology in the banking, retail, oil-and-gas, healthcare and education sectors, informative lectures from the GTX TechVerticals and Ignite communities will keep attendees informed and entertained. This year, AI, blockchain, robotics, cloud and other mega trends have also been added to the list of sectors.
Social media and the rise of ‘big data’ will undoubtedly loom large in the upcoming tech debates, with panels tackling difficult questions like how to use big data to create more targeted and personalized marketing campaigns. Visitors can also participate in a discussion of how to bridge the gap between in-store and digital experiences for customers, or check out the winners of the third annual Hot Stuff awards, declaring which new gadgets rule supreme over their competitors.
You can register to the exhibition with discounts on both single and multi-entry tickets available online.