• ByWego Travel
  • 21 october, 21
  • 5 min read

GITEX 2021: Highlights From Dubai’s Biggest Tech Event of the Year

Dubai had recently hosted the biggest tech event of the year- GITEX Dubai 2021. This was the 41st edition of the event that has seen the participation of over 3,500 exhibitors from over 140 countries, bringing together innovators in artificial intelligence, 5G, Cloud, cybersecurity, blockchain, fintech and more. Here is a quick recap of the GITEX Dubai 2021 event that just got over today.

What is the GITEX Dubai 2021?

The Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, or GITEX as it is more commonly known, is a technology trade show and conference that takes place in Dubai each year. The exhibits include computers, robots, supercars and the latest smartphones – but this is not a shopping event. Instead, it is an opportunity for the public and people in the tech trade to see the most futuristic inventions in the world and to get a sense of the latest trends. The event proudly celebrated the region’s digital transformation achievements in this landmark year of Expo 2020 Dubai and UAE’s Golden Jubilee.

Along with showcasing fascinating inventions, thought leaders, government ministers and tech superstars from around the world took part in several conferences that run alongside the exhibition. These included events focusing on specific tech trends such as AI, FinTech, blockchain and health tech. Entrepreneurs, young people, coding and women in tech came under the spotlight, with programmes dedicated to developing skills and breaking down barriers, and workshops on coding, marketing and cyber-security solutions also available to delegates and visitors.

Event highlights

Future Blockchain Summit

Launched in 2018 by Dubai Government, Future Blockchain Summit is the first and largest Blockchain exhibition and conference in the MENA region bringing together the community’s brightest minds, most game-changing startups and powerful investors for 4 days of networking, investing and education centered around the most disruptive technology since the Internet – Blockchain.

The event was put out live across three major themes unravelling at the exhibition, conferences, workshops, the investor programme and Hackathon:

1. Blockchain in Finance incl. DeFi, digital currencies, CBDCs

2. Blockchain as alternative investment incl. crypto & NFT investment

3. Blockchain beyond Crypto incl. Applications and use cases across all industry sectors.

On the 17-20 October 2021 at Dubai World Trade Centre, Future Blockchain Summit was also co-located alongside 5 other tech shows coming together to shape the world’s tech industry: GITEX Technology Week, Ai Everything, GITEX Futures Stars, Fintech Surge and Marketing Mania.


Reinforcing the region’s digital transformation building blocks, “GITEX YouthX” contributed to the cultivation of young tech talents with a creative programme aimed at bringing them closer to the practitioner ecosystem annually. This event was the first of its kind entrepreneurship community exclusively for university students before and during the show – the YouthX Unipreneur serves as a platform to connect talented students with startups, companies and government entities to enable entrepreneurship and career launch opportunities.

GITEX Future Stars

GITEX Future Stars brought together the best possible innovative actors and initiators to ignite positive change in business and society. This was a show driven to fuel the high-speed expansion of the region’s startup ecosystem. At the intersection of 3 of the world’s fastest-rising ecosystems: Middle East, North Africa and South Asia- GITEX Future Stars brought together 700+ startups from 60+ countries with 400+ of the most active investors and 450+ Speakers.

Women in tech

At GITEX Global this year, women in diverse fields of technology took centre stage. GITEX hosted the global finals of the TiE Women pitch competition, where women-led startups from over 40 TiE chapters worldwide including New York, Germany, Sydney, Africa, Bangalore, Boston and the MENA region, pitched on stage for equity-free cash prizes, mentorship, investor networking and exposure. In addition, the MENA chapter of She Loves Data, with over 14,000 women trained internationally, debuted here, empowering women via tech and data to become digitally literate, providing mentorship, soft skills development, and networking opportunities.

Increased Realism

The level of artificial intelligence that is being used in the gaming industry is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Not only is artificial intelligence increasingly sophisticated, but it is also easier than ever to adopt. This means that it is possible for games to be developed with the use of 3D effects and other visualization techniques. When these increased graphics are combined with the use of artificial intelligence to respond and adapt to a player’s unique style, this will increase possible levels of realism in gameplay.