The organisers behind Web Summit, the world’s fastest-growing tech conference, is in talks with the United Arab Emirates government over plans to bring a global tech and innovation gathering to the country by 2022.
“The Middle East is massively in our future,” Irish entrepreneur Paddy Cosgrave, the CEO of Web Summit, told Arabian Business.
“Already at Web Summit, we have massive participation from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but also from Oman and Saudi Arabia, and the number of start-ups participating from the region has been growing year-on-year.”
Cosgrave’s company currently runs Lisbon’s Web Summit, Hong Kong’s Rise and Collision, which this month took up residence in Toronto, Canada, having relocated from the United States. Together, the events attract more than 110,000 delegates annually, with attendance at each increasing year-on-year.
An estimated 70,000 participants from more than 170 countries are expected to attend the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal in November.
While admitting there is “no shortage of events in the Middle East,” Cosgrave believes his firm can bring something new and help boost the region’s standing on the global tech field.
“I don’t want to build something regional for the Middle East. I want to build a global event in the Middle East. That’s a great opportunity for countries in the region, in that they don’t have far to travel to showcase all of the good going on there.”
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