H.H. Sheikh Maktoum opens 42nd edition of Gitex

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His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE, officially opened GITEX GLOBAL on Monday.

The 42nd edition, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is the biggest in the event’s history.

The five-day event has brought together 5,000 leading technology companies from more than 90 countries across 26 sold-out halls and two million square feet of exhibition space.

It is set to welcome more than 100,000 attendees from 170 countries and will see the biggest Unicorn meetup of the year in Dubai, with 35 Unicorns looking to explore new opportunities and expand in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.

"The record global participation in the 42nd edition of the event reflects Dubai’s profile as a hub for innovation, knowledge sharing, enterprise and networking in the international technology industry, a position it has built through focused investments over the last few decades," said Sheikh Maktoum.

GITEX GLOBAL will explore every facet of the digital through seven experience ecosystems — North Star Dubai - bringing together a record 1,000 start-ups with 600 investors - Fintech Surge, Ai Everything, Future Blockchain Summit, Marketing Mania and two new event platforms, Global DevSlam and X-VERSE.

The event features some of the world’s most innovative tech giants as well as UAE-based companies looking to fast-track their digital initiatives.

It also provides 250 government entities the platform to showcase their latest public-private partnerships and digital projects.

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