The event on Monday was inaugurated by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
“Gitex Global, which started in 1981, has put Dubai on the global map of technology, which tops the list of Dubai’s priorities,” Sheikh Mohammed said in his tweet.
According to IT industry insiders, the buzz has got everything to do with the sustained ICT spending and the scale of the tech projects that are coming off the pipeline in the UAE. “The government and its departments are the early adopters of the new round of tech – they are not waiting around for the ‘right time’ to invest,” said a consultant at one of the bigger firms. “When there’s this heavy a commitment from the top, the rest will follow.”
Even as government agencies bring out potential real-time uses for AI, Machine Learning, or the Metaverse, they are keeping an eye on the bigger picture. Of integrating all that technology into offering seamless services across all consumer facing operations. If not within weeks or months, then in the ‘immediate future’.
At the Gitex Global stands, there are robots to be seen, and they don’t seem out of place. It does seem they know their way around – and, most important, know what they are doing.
“Our key focus for returning to Gitex this year is the increasing focus on robots and their capabilities,” said Ashish Panjabi, Chief Operating Officer at Jacky’s Electronics in Dubai. “We are looking to collaborate with developers to create and enhance applications for these new robots – including the new version of them that offers RaaS (Robot as a Service) business model.”