Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President and Ruler of Dubai inaugurated the 29th edition of GITEX on Sunday, marking the beginning of the most important ICT event in the region.
After officially opening the show, Sheikh Mohammed and the VIP entourage toured the exhibition for a first-hand look of the exhibition floor and sampled some of the world-class technological innovations and products that will be showcased during the five days of GITEX.
Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate OEM Vice President, Microsoft Corporation, presented Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, the first commercially available Windows 7 PC in collaboration with hp.
GITEX 2009 also marked the return of many industry leaders including Aastra, Avaya, Brother, Cisco, Dell, du, Dubai Internet City (DIC), Etisalat, hp, NEC Philips, Oracle, Panasonic, Pro Technology, Sanyo, Symantec, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Thuraya and Verbatim.
This year, more than 3,000 companies from 65 countries are represented at the show, which spans 72,000 square metres. GITEX is also the first exhibition to utilise the new Sheikh Saeed Halls at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and hosts the Consumer Electronics section of GITEX.
GITEX is open for trade visitors from 10am – 7pm from Monday 19 October to Wednesday 21 October 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. On Thursday 22 October the show will open at 10am and close at 5pm. Tickets cost AED 40 per day, or AED 100 for a five day pass.