Innovation, Investment and Smart Government to drive ArabNet 2015 Agenda
3RD Edition of ArabNet Digital Summit returns to the UAE with over 1,200 attendees expected
The 3rd ArabNet Digital Summit opened today with three key themes set to drive the conference agenda, innovation, investment and smart government according to founder and CEO, Omar Christidis’ opening remarks. Highlighting the leaps in innovation witnessed in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region over the past five years, Christidis set the stage for the full two day conference that attracts top international and regional digital leaders.
“We are thrilled to be back in this dynamic and entrepreneurial city to further conversations around the importance of digital technologies and their impact on local and regional economies. Dubai is the perfect destination for such an event as it is rapidly becoming a global innovation hub and a world-class smart city, not only in infrastructure and governmental services, but also in efficiency, economic opportunity and the free flow of people and ideas,” said Omar Christidis, founder and CEO of ArabNet. “
He added: “This year we are excited to partner with Smart Dubai to share the plans for Dubai’s smart government initiatives, and to highlight enterprises that are investing in digital technology and helping build Dubai’s smart economy.”
Attendees at this year’s edition include; Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Assistant Director-General of the Executive Office, Member of the Smart Dubai Executive Committee and Team Leader of the Smart City Taskforce, Christopher Rogers, General Partner Lumia Capital, Rania Rostom, Chief Innovation Officer General Electric MENAT, Robbie Douek, Managing Director, Europe Maker Studios, Victor Trokoudes Head of Global Expansion TransferWise, Marco Bertozzi President, Global Clients VivaKi, Abdo Chlala Head of Mobile Samsung MENA.
Christidis also highlighted the rising VCs and corporate VCs and investment interest in the region, in addition to the growing involvement of governments. As an example, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Detec in addition to over 100 partners and sponsors are taking part in the event and will cover over 35 panels, talks and discussions on innovation, digital media and marketing, entrepreneurship, startups, government, VCs and angel investors in addition to accelerators.
“In the world of e-business, marketplaces are dominating the landscape. The proof of this is the landmark acquisition of Talabat by Rocket Internet Group for $170M, and the region’s biggest pure e-commerce player, Souq.com, is rumored to be raising $300M at a valuation of more than $1B, likely making it the first Arab unicorn. These marketplaces are booming across domains” added Christidis.
The ArabNet Digital Summit, take places from May 27-28 at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, and is expected to host more than 1,200 participants, 70 exhibitors and 100 other speakers. To learn more, log on to: www.arabnet.me/conference