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Gitex caters to $45bn Gulf ICT industry

Exhibition's move to early September has not dampened enthusiasm from region's ICT vendors.

The Middle East market for information and communications technology (ICT) is set to top $45 billion by 2010, according to the organisers of the region's largest trade exhibition.

GITEX Technology Week, which includes a professionals' trade exhibition and a Shopper show open to the general public, is the annual forum for the regional ICT industry and is expected to attract over 70,000 visitors to the Dubai events.

Over 3000 technology companies will exhibit at the shows including industry giants such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft.

GITEX has been moved from its traditional slot in late October to the week of 8-12th September in order to accommodate a major international congress at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

This raised questions over whether the exhibition could extend its record of growing year-on-year since its inception over 20 years ago.

But support from the major ICT vendors has held firm, thanks in part to a restructuring of the event designed to help high-end computer professionals interact more effectively with exhibitors.

A global ICT conference running alongside the exhibition is expected to attract high profile industry leaders, and a Priority Club for VIPs will make it easier for the most important visitors to maximise the effectiveness of their time.

Focused technology areas for consumer electronics, communications technology and business systems will also simplify navigation of the vast show.

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