With the conference season well underway, the eyes of tech enthusiasts are constantly changing around the world.
But that focus may soon focus firmly on the Middle East, which now claims to be the home of the world’s largest tech event.
GITEX Global 2022, held at the Dubai World Trade Center and in the presence of TechRadar ProIt may not yet be as famous as CES in Las Vegas or Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but organizers have big plans to change it.
After a few tough years during the pandemic, GITEX Global welcomed its largest attendance ever, with a reported audience of over 120,000 attendees listening to more than 5,000 companies from 90 countries, including over 1,000 speakers.
Covering the entire two million square foot area of Dubai WTC, the conference was a grueling experience for many, with crowded halls making it difficult to get to interviews and panel sessions on time, especially when heading to places that required a trip outdoors in the boiling heat of the desert.
In a country aiming to prove that bigger is always better, perhaps holding such a large conference without a concrete theme or agenda in such a gigantic space might not have been the wisest choice – and hopefully an oversight that would organizers will address in the next few years.
But with a lineup that included global technology heavyweights like Microsoft, Dell Technologies, Huawei and many more, and with multiple spokespersons from the UAE and Dubai government, the conference offered some hidden gems.
The main attraction was the world’s first “flying car”, shown by the Chinese company XPENG, whose X2 vehicle made a successful (albeit slightly disappointing) test flight on the outskirts of the conference.
Looking ahead, the organizers clearly have big plans for the future, announcing the opening of GITEX Africa in May 2023 in an effort to capture some of the large-scale investment and development across the continent.
And with specially designed zones for developers, the metaverse and start-ups, it’s possible that GITEX and its satellite events will soon become the proving ground for some of the next big tech companies.
While it may still take some time to grab the headlines as CES and MWC do, with the strength and determination (not to mention financial backing) of Dubai and the UAE behind us, we wouldn’t bet GITEX Global would grow any further. in years to come.
- TechRadar Pro’s travel and accommodation in Dubai was funded by the Dubai World Trade Center, but the organization had no editorial control over the content of this article.