5G, AI dominate GITEX
Over 4,500 companies attended this year's shows at Dubai World Trade CentreEuropost
Artificial intelligence and 5G, the ultra-high-speed mobile network currently being rolled out in the UAE and around the world, were just two of the highlights of GITEX Technology Week, which was held between 6-10 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The technology show, marking its 39th year in 2019, also saw a number of government announcements, company demonstrations, and well-known tech personalities talking about current events. According to the organisers, over 4,500 companies attended this year's shows, with over 100,000 visitors from 140 countries.
Heavyweight visionaries making their debuts at the events this year included China Mobile, Ericsson, Honeywell, Nokia, Schneider Electric and Siemens, who unpacked developments around the world's most transformative and emerging technologies including 5G, blockchain and AI.
In the meantime, visitors could see exhibitions on Virgin Hyperloop One, which offers electromagnetically levitated pods travelling through low-pressure tubes at speeds up to 760mph, listen to technology industry trailblazers, including Silicon Valley mavericks such as Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz, rock-star CMOs such as Bozoma Saint John and AI pioneers like Dr Ben Goertzel.
Running concurrently with GITEX Technology Week was GITEX Future Stars, a conference that focuses on startups. The two shows this year offered a combined programme, featuring over 250 industry insiders and experts on stage to discuss major trends.