As we approach the 43rd edition of GITEX GLOBAL, the world’s largest tech and startup event, expectations are soaring as it returns with an even more significant presence. This year’s event, scheduled from October 16 to 20, is set to make a massive impact by bringing together over 6,000 exhibitors. But that’s not all – running in tandem with GITEX GLOBAL is “Expand North Star,” the world’s largest startup event hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy. Expand North Star is preparing for its largest ever edition, taking place from October 15 to 18 at the dazzling new Dubai Harbour venue. With 1,800 startups from 100-plus countries converging at the Middle East’s most iconic super-yacht hub, Expand North Star is setting the stage for innovation, networking, and global collaboration in the startup realm.
A Platform for Innovation:
GITEX GLOBAL and Expand North Star collectively occupy 41 halls, spanning a staggering 2.7 million square feet of exhibition space. This represents a remarkable 35 percent increase over the previous year and is a testament to the growing importance of these events in the global tech and startup landscape. These gatherings bring together the best minds, visionary companies, and industry leaders to scrutinize, challenge, define, and empower the digital agendas that are shaping our world.
AI Innovation and Cybersecurity:
One of the standout features of GITEX GLOBAL is the AI innovation wave, which is currently capturing the world’s imagination. With 3,500 AI-infused exhibitors, GITEX GLOBAL will present the year’s largest AI showcase and summit, highlighting how AI is transforming lives, governments, businesses, and society as a whole. The surge in AI technology has also added a new layer of complexity to protecting digital assets and critical IP infrastructure. This challenge is addressed head-on with the elevated GITEX Cyber Valley, which gathers leading info-sec brands and global experts to present the year’s most significant cybersecurity showcase.
Launch Shows for the Future:
GITEX GLOBAL is not just about showcasing current technologies; it’s also about shaping the future. With launch shows like GITEX Impact and Future Urbanism Expo, the event focuses on groundbreaking shifts in climate technology, sustainable cities, and the journey towards a net-zero future. These initiatives align with the UN climate change summit, COP28, and highlight the commitment to addressing critical global challenges.
The Dubai Effect:
Dubai is emerging as a global hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, and Expand North Star is playing a pivotal role in this transformation. This event, hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, is set to reach record size in 2023. With almost double the number of startup exhibitors, it aims to inspire and engage the next generation of innovators and thinkers. Nearly 2,000 startups and 1,000 investors from 70 countries, with $1 trillion under management, will converge at the new Dubai Harbour venue, with a shared goal of accelerating the momentum in startup investment.
Saeed Al Gergawi, Vice President of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, emphasizes that Expand North Star is not just an event; it’s a strategic catalyst for expanding Dubai’s digital economy. It serves as an unrivaled platform for key stakeholders from the global startup community to connect and collaborate in the emirate.
Elevating the Global Tech Ecosystem:
GITEX GLOBAL 2023 is set to welcome some of the biggest tech names globally, providing insights into the latest trends, risks, challenges, and opportunities that are reshaping entire industries. Renowned companies such as Dell Technologies, Google, Huawei, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and Tonomus will be leading the way. Additionally, new exhibitors like Salesforce, Broadcom, Beyon, and Deloitte are supercharging their international growth strategies and forging new connections.
Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East & Central Asia, emphasizes the importance of GITEX GLOBAL in exploring the transformative power of AI, networks, and cloud technologies. This year’s theme, “Accelerate Intelligence,” underlines their commitment to reshaping industries worldwide, with a focus on cybersecurity, privacy protection, and digital transformation.
In conclusion, GITEX GLOBAL and Expand North Star represent Dubai’s commitment to shaping the future of technology and entrepreneurship on a global scale. These events provide a stage for innovation, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas that are essential for advancing the digital economy. As technology continues to redefine industries and societies, GITEX GLOBAL and Expand North Star are instrumental in ensuring that Dubai remains at the forefront of this exciting journey.