In 2014, H.H. Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched a strategy to help Dubai to become the happiest and smartest city in the world.
Fast forward to 2016, with developments such as Dubai Design District (D3), smart electricity, transport and the region’s first smart theme park, it is evident that Dubai is well underway to become the world’s most innovative city and the vision is not far from reality.
- ICT spending in the region to hit $260 Billion in 2016
- The UAE ranks first among 14 MENA countries in ICT readiness and economic growth
- 1/3 of the world’s population live within 4 hours of Dubai?
- 70% of the World’s Fortune 500 companies have a base of operations here
Based at the centre of this meeting point between East and West, GITEX Technology Week has become the perfect place for technology companies to connect with senior decision makers, discover the latest innovations and showcase their most impressive new ideas to an expectant market.
As a centre of on-going ICT innovations being driven by extensive government investment into new smart city developments, Dubai now enjoys a reputation as a world-renowned hubs for digital economy innovation, with tech entrepreneurs predicted to add $14bn to the UAE’s GDP by 2020