Press Release

GITEX to Host the First Gulf CIO Summit in Doha, Qatar This Week

25 Jan 2012

GITEX to Host the First Gulf CIO Summit in Doha, Qatar This Week

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the region’s leading venue operator and event organiser announced that GITEX Technology Week, the MEASA region's premier Information and Communications Technology (ICT) event, will be organising the first Gulf CIO Summit, to be held in Doha, Qatar from 25 to 26 January 2012.

Created on the basis of research conducted at GITEX Technology Week 2011, the summit will bring together top ICT leaders to discuss challenges and priorities of the Middle East’s Chief Information Officers (CIO’s). The show also brings together IT Directors, Executives, Government Representatives and more to speak at the summit and engage in a forum covering industry revelations and challenges.

This event will be the new year’s first and leading ICT summit in the region and will feature innovative and key learning methods on the region’s ICT sector; interactive strategies and solutions; benefits from advanced networking breakthroughs and qualitative credibility from industry’s top decision makers.

With one of the highest GDP’s and the fastest growing economies in the world, Qatar’s booming ICT market is expected to expand to $3.7bn by 2013.ictQatar, the nation's supreme council of information and communication technology, will be building on the significant progress that Qatar has made in the ICT sector by facilitating research andinvestments to accelerate advancements in the industry.

“The Gulf CIO Summit heralds a fantastic start to the year for Gitex as it takes on a regional agenda. We continue to position our brand locally, regionally and internationally through our strategic portfolio of premium industry events across the region. With Qatar now one of the leading ICT markets in the MENA region, the summit is sure to yield positive results on both the corporate and consumer perspectives.” said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President, DWTC.

Over 20 speakers and experts will represent leading organisations in the region such as Doha Bank, Dubai Investment PJSC, DUBAL, EMC², Georgetown University, McAfee, Oracle, Qatar First Investment Bank, Qatar Foundation, SIDRA, and more.

Umesh Kalelkar, IT Director of Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority said:“The Gulf CIO Summit has allowed us to partner with our key neighbors in catering to the government’s commitment to establishing a more a vibrant ICT platform to the region; we look forward to many more opportunities to move forward with the UAE in the future”.

“Among the many leading events organised by DWTC, Gitex Technology Week is one of the three largest ICT exhibitions in the world and is one of the most influential and high profile events in the global ICT sector today.We are proud to align ourselves with the Gulf CIO Summit which will bring together thought leaders in the regional ICT sector to discuss, educate and tackle issues and challenges in the regional marketplace.” said Christiaan Beek, Principal Architect IR & Forensics at McAfee.

“KPMG is delighted to participate in the 2012 Gulf CIO Summit. It’s a valuable opportunity for executive and senior regional IT professionals to share their knowledge and local understanding, “said Jeron Menting, IT Advisory Services Partner, KPMG.

The event will be supported by Gold Sponsors EMC² and Mansoft, and Keynote Sponsors Oracle and McAfee.