GITEX Technology Week 2011
After getting bored during my first GITEX experience, I thought I’d never visit again. But yesterday, I had a much better time. It’s probably because I’ve now been exposed to the world of software, networking, database, security, etc. so the language is not completely foreign.
GITEX stands for Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, an annual computer and electronics trade show that’s hosted by Dubai. This exhibition is one of the largest and most important ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) events around the globe, attracting the biggest names in the IT sector.
By Visiting GITEX you can:
- identify new products and innovative solutions.
- find something new that will give your business an edge within the market
- understand how the latest consumer trends will affect you
- learn how the latest technological advancements can assist your business
- source new contacts and new business channels
- network and interact with peers through one of the many exciting features
- monitor competition
I copied those points off the GITEX website, but I must add a few of my own. By visiting GITEX you can:
- get free candies, pens, balls, and paper bags!
- watch a 3D movie for free!
- receive a free spyware for your computer that will keep you safe for a year!
Here are some pictures that I took yesterday:
Oh, and we met the cute Salim!
Salim is a cyber security advisor who works for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates. He’s a really friendly guy. Masood has a cute picture with him.
A couple of kaleidoscopes, courtesy of our telecommunications services provider. As always Etisalat occupies a massive space at the Convention Center. There was a question and answer session going on when we arrived, so we hanged around a bit, hoping to win one of the six black footballs. But all the questions were related to football and we—being cricket fans—didn’t know a thing about it. Well, except that one of the players is Messi. But he wasn’t an answer to any of the questions.
We didn’t return home with a football, but that’s OK because we got several stress balls! The ones we got from our previous GITEX trip are all chilling in a fishbowl, to be taken out occasionally when guests with young children visit and refuse to sit down. So we keep the child occupied with these stress balls. It works…for approximately 2 minutes.
I think Salim did a great job with modeling those stress balls. See how his de-stressed face radiates with such calmness and serenity? I should have picked out a red ball instead of the blue and orange one to match his flag. But he doesn’t seem to mind so we’re good here.
Pens, notebooks, a mini vacuum cleaner for the laptop, anti-virus trial for one year, and several paper bags what will carry our home-cooked lunch to the office. Not in the picture: a pen holder that doubles as a picture frame, a laptop bag, and a white t-shirt. If you’re planning to go to GITEX, bring a stack of business cards—yours, of course—because each company will ask for it in return for the free goodies. We ran out of cards midway though the expo.
When and how much?
October 9-13, 2011. 11 am to 5 pm.
We registered online last month and got free passes for all five days! But since that’s no longer available, visitors will now have to pay an entrance fee. One day pass AED 70. Five day pass AED 130
Where in Dubai is GITEX?
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, Sheikh Zayed Road. Download the DISEC venue map here.
FREE PARKING – CAR PARKS B, C, D and F: All visitors can use the free car parks around the exhibition center. Frequent shuttles from Car Parks to the venue are provided. More parking info here.