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Tablets outstrip PCs for the first time in UAE

Consumer electronics market expected to reach $4.3bn next year - report

Tablets outstrip PCs for the first time in UAE

The growth of the tablet market is such that it has finally overtaken the PC market in the UAE for the first time, according to a report in Gulf News on the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) findings.

The findings reveal that a drop in the PC market, coupled with a rise in tablet sales, saw the handheld devices outstrip PCs by over 6,700 units during Q2 this year.

PC market dropped by 20 percent to 412,741 units in Q2, compared to 515,430 units during the same period last year, according to the IDC figures.

In direct contrast, the tablet market grew by 24 percent to 419,505 units compared to 338,190 units in the same period last year, reflecting the consumer shift towards mobile devices.

The tablet market grew by 7 percent in Saudi Arabia, and by two percent in Kuwait.

Bahrain recorded the biggest fall in the PC market, dropping by 21 percent, while in Qatar and Oman, there was a drop of just three percent.

Meanwhile, as the consumer electronics industry gears up for Gitex Shopper (September 27 to Otober 4), the Consumer Electronics Association has estimated that the market in the UAE is expected to reach $4.3bn next year (AED16bn).

Gitex Shopper, an eight-day sales event, is expected to attract more than 210,000 visitors this year, with new models expected to be launched, including Dell’s new tablets running on Android.

The show will see more than 100 leading consumer IT and electronics brands, with more than 35,000 products on show.

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