Dubai wants to be the king of 5G on a world stage
The eyes of the tech world will be on Dubai all this week, as it kicks off the 39th edition of Gitex Technology Week.
You can expect artificial intelligence, new smart government services and more importantly, more talk of 5G.
The UAE is the first Arab country to roll out 5G services, and the fourth globally after the US, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
The Dubai World Trade Centre is currently holding 5G Countdown event, that will focus on the life-changing potential of the lightning-fast data service. It includes such names as Osman Sultan, CEO of du; Fadi Pharaon, Senior Vice-President and Head of Market Area, Middle East and Africa, and Dr Mohamed Madkour, vice-president for Global Wireless Networks Marketing and Solutions at Huawei.
Dr Ahmed Bin Ali, Group Senior Vice-President for communications at Etisalat, said that the company was keen to bring the latest technologies to the event.
“We aim to drive the digital future and bring solutions for different sectors. We are bringing a lot of 5G solutions such as transportation, health care, aviation, real estate and retail for the first time to the event,” he said.
“Our focus at the event will be on 5G and AI. We will be demonstrating use cases and solutions that are possible with 5G. We have invested over $1.4b globally into 5G product development in 2017 and 2018. We will showcase what solutions and enablement are available for enterprises from an AI point of view,” Hani Sobih ELKukhun, Vice-President for Strategy at Huawei Middle East, said.
Apart from showcasing that new technology, GITEX will welcome more than 4,800 exhibitors from more than 140 countries.
New companies taking part this year include China Mobile, Ericsson, Honeywell, Nokia and Siemens. Each will be showcasing some of the world’s most transformative and emerging technologies.