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Gitex 2002 opened by HH Sheik Mohammed

The 14th Gitex exhibition at Dubai World Trade Centre has been formally opened by Dubai’s Crown Prince, HH Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The 14th Gitex exhibition at Dubai World Trade Centre has been formally opened by Dubai’s Crown Prince, HH Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Among the visiting dignitaries accompanying Sheik Mohammed on his inaugural tour of the exhibition were the Information Minister of Jordan, Fawaz Zu’bi and the Economic Minister of the German state of Brabdenburg. Both have announced new IT partnerships with Dubai during the past few months.Sheik Mohammed’s first stop on his tour was at the IBM stand. ‘Big Blue’, as IBM is still known, is partnering the Zayed University in an initiative to link business more effectively with academia than at present. On the stand he talked with Information Systems student May Al Taei, who explained how the IT faculty was using IBM’s Smart Square technology at the university’s innovation center. She said, “I explained to him that this new technology will allow innovation to be adapted quickly into a business.”Mobile phone maker Siemens stole a march on its competitors by luring the Crown Prince onto its stand for a demonstration of its ground-breaking new wrist phone, which is being launched at the show. Service manager Alaa Ahmed explained that the new unit, which looks more like a watch than a ‘phone, is GPRS, GPS and quad band, so will work anywhere in the world. It also has a built-in digital camera. “His Highness seemed impressed with my brief demonstration,” said Ahmed.

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