Connecting to LinkedIn...



Middle East ICT market set to hit $20 billion by 2020

2/10/2014 by


The 34th edition of Gitex Technology Week will host more than 3,700 exhibitors, showcasing a range of innovative and exciting products and solutions.

Around 100,000 trade professionals are expected to visit the five-day event, which will start from October 12, it was announced at a news conference on Wednesday.

Buoyed by region-wide investment in smart technology spending, the region’s ICT market is set to jump from a projected $15 billion in 2014 to $20 billion in 2020, boosted by infrastructure spending by the government sector — the largest and fastest growing vertical market according to the IDC.

The event has also partnered the world’s top ICT leaders to share transformational developments with regional companies across the show’s four knowledge themes: smart, cloud, big data and mobility.

With market research company Gartner anticipating a growth rate of eight per cent in regional ICT spending this year — compared with global growth of just 2.1 per cent — Ahmed Al Khaja, senior vice-president for venues at the Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The significant regional ICT spend demonstrates the region’s aspiration in technology empowerment, as reflected in Gitex’s four knowledge themes — smart innovation, cloud computing, big data and mobility — which are expected to accelerate over coming years in terms of regional spend.”

With Dubai’s Smart City roll-out predicted to catalyse an acceleration of smart city initiatives in other GCC countries, the exhibition will showcase a pioneering app-based Smart Journey Tour featuring more than 25 smart technology leaders, as well as government-led updates on the progress of the Dubai Smart City initiative.

Marwan bin Haider, executive director for planning and development at the Dubai Smart Government, said: “The region’s smart city developments demonstrate how GCC governments are increasingly innovating delivery of services to people and businesses. Gitex Technology Week is the leading platform to demonstrate best practices in government services and build support of the Dubai Smart Government as one of the world’s most efficient systems architects.”

As the show’s official Smart Experience Partner, etisalat is collaborating with Gitex Technology Week to provide visitors with a seamless registration process.

Abdulla Hashim, senior vice-president for digital services at etisalat, said: “Gitex continues to set the regional pace for ICT development, as evidenced by the upgraded smart experiences at this year’ show. As part of our partnership with the DWTC, etisalat is utilising the latest cutting-edge technology to ensure show visitors receive an innovative smart-themed experience which reflects the rapid developments across the UAE’s Smart technology sphere.”

The Big Data Conference on October 14 will educate on how big data can deliver new insights and enhance ROI in a global big data market poised to jump from $3.2 billion in 2013 to $15.1 billion by 2020. On the same day, the Cloud Confex will return as the region’s largest integrated cloud exhibition and conference.

This article has been extracted from, please click on this link to read the article in full

Montash is a multi-award winning, global technology recruitment firm. Specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments which cover a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions, including:

ERP, BI & Data, Information Security, IT Architecture & Strategy, Energy Technologies, Demand IT and Business Engagement, Digital and E-commerce, Infrastructure and Service Delivery, Project and Programme Delivery.

With offices based in London, Montash has completed assignments in over 30 countries and has appointed technical professionals from board level to senior and mid-management in permanent and contract roles.

comments powered by Disqus

Social Stream

Latest News


UK threatened by serious cyber attacks every ...

2017-02-15 16:00:00 +0000

The security of the UK has been threatened by 188 serious cyber attacks in the last three months, a government security chief has said. National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Chief Executive Ciaran Martin told The Sunday Times that national security was put at risk by many of these attacks. Martin was speaking ahead of the official opening of the NCSC, which has been set up to protect critical services in the UK from such attacks and improve underlying i...


British cyber security workforce rises 163%

2017-02-08 10:00:00 +0000

Data from the UK has shown that the cyber security workforce has grown considerably over the past five years. According to a new report from cyber skills promotion network Tech Partnership, there are now 58,000 more workers in this industry – a rise of 163 per cent. It shows the growing importance of these professionals, with firms across a vast range of industries turning to cyber security specialists to safeguard their data. To collate the report, the...