Sheikh Mohammed opens Dubai's top tech fair

Close to 3,500 firms are participating in this year's Gitex Technology Week, which runs until Oct 13
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HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, officially opened Gitex Technology Week on Oct 9
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This is the 31st anniversary of one of the world's top ICT events
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Accompanying Sheikh Mohammed were HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, HH Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum,
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Dubai's ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed at Gitex 2011
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A stand at Gitex 2011
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The event runs until Thursday at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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More than 3,500 companies from 57 countries are participating in this year's event
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Crowds build up on first day of Gitex 2011
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Thousands of visitors from across the Middle East visit the show on its opening day. Above, Sheikh Mohammed visits a stall at this year's Gitex event
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Hundreds of trade and business visitors came through the door within the first hours of what is expected to be one of the most successful Gitex weeks ever, to conduct business with many of the world's most illustrious technology organisations
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More than 3,500 firms from 57 countries, including first time appearances from Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malta, Morocco, Palestine and new national pavillions from Bangladesh, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Scotland and Spain are showcasing their latest products and services
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More than 130,000 visitors are expected at the five-day event, which runs until Thursday at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Among the opening day highlights, the Global Leaders Summit and the brand new Cyber Security @ Gitex proved to be among the biggest draws
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With the inaugural edition in 2010, the Gitex Cloud Confex has already become the largest cloud platform in the Middle East
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The CyberSecurity @ Gitex initiative was an instant success as well
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GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) is an annual consumer computer and electronics trade show which takes place in Dubai
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GITEX Shopper & Consumer Electronics Expo is the largest gathering of the region’s leading ICT retailers and suppliers
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The high-energy consumer show attracts a diverse audience that includes IT professionals, technology enthusiasts, students and consumers as well as regional traders
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Heralded as one of the largest and most important ICT events around the globe, GITEX delivers a leading platform for industry innovation and an impressive track record of attracting the biggest names in the IT sector, connecting over 3,500 domestic and international IT vendors with more than 136,000 ICT professionals
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GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) is an annual consumer computer and electronics trade show which takes place in Dubai