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26 September, 2005

How to improve GITEX

1. Ban all PR bunnies and trade visitors, and allow one, smiling, mute company representative per stand.

2. Make a thousand clones of the angelic young dishdash Mohammad working in the press centre, and strew them throughout the halls to exponentially increase happiness and helpfulness.

3. Feature some innovative technology that wasn't first introduced in Japan two decades ago: such as a human teleportation system from distant carparks to the main atrium.

4. Provide jet-speed bulldozers for media to get around quickly, levelling any boring stands obstructing their pathway.

5. Allow only companies freely giving away expensive, space-age gadgets to exhibit their wares, and pass a law that if journalists express admiration of a 90" LCD display or platinum-cased supercomputer, it automatically becomes their property.



Blogger pixelsonic said...

I have never been to Gitex in my life and don't think I ever will...I can find out everything I need to know from the Internet and buy it or order it when it suits me. A little ironic, isn't it?

Just don't see why I would crawl through hours of traffic and then fight my way through crowds of people just to see stuff that I can find out more about from Engadget or cnet, and impulse buy things I don't need...not my idea of fun really but very "Dubai". To each their own!

So how would I improve Gitex? How about an online version so I don't have to go there in the first place?

26 September, 2005 21:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are teleportation systems, that dont transport humans?

26 September, 2005 22:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SHITEX is still the un-cencored version of the artificial microprocessed Les Miserables, starred by bottom graduates from the geek farm who tried sell e-commerce in the desert 6 years ago.

The pen section is happenin this year.

26 September, 2005 22:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that Sheikh Mo was there. Have you ever had a chance to meet him or any of the Dubai Royals?

27 September, 2005 08:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL @ "90" LCD display" - while you're at it, admire it twice. I'd like one myself.

I've never been to Gitex myself (hate the crowds!!!) But I guess I have to go this time ( to the airport expo one). Cant seem to get ear phones for my Ipod from anywhere. The ignorrant clot in "Virgin" swears that they dont come loose !!! So Gitex is my last hope. If I can squeeze some time out of work ie.

27 September, 2005 08:31  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Cant seem to get ear phones for my Ipod from anywhere.

Don't buy the same ones that come with the iPod, from what I've read they are not tremendously good. Loose non-iPod earphones you can get from anywhere like Plugins or Virgin in the Bur Jamman.

27 September, 2005 08:49  
Blogger black feline said...

have a competition and showcase entries of multimedia/animation by local presentation and winner to be selected by panel judges and audience...seen it in NICE..another big IT show..very well done indeed!

27 September, 2005 09:48  
Blogger Parv said...

Guys - have you tried the divine little Mac store at the Binned Potato Mall*? Not seen it myself, but I hear they're stuffed with heaps of iPod extras, most of which you don't need but will probably end up buying anyway.
* That's Ibn Batuta Mall, for those not down with the Dub-town lingo

27 September, 2005 09:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GITEX - Geek Infested Territory Exhibition!!!!

27 September, 2005 09:52  
Blogger black feline said...

have an entrepreneur's corner..where anyone with any new innovation be given 6 mins to potential buyers and investors

27 September, 2005 09:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't it make more sense to say:
"Geek Infested Technology Exhibition"?

27 September, 2005 09:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been to Gitex on several occasions and actually was able to get myself an entry pass at the age of 16, turned out the only proof they needed of ID at registration in the crowne plaza ballroom was a business card. being the smart person that I was had several printed with a false job description! fooled them didnt i, well that was 5 years ago! and even after all that trouble I realize Gitex is way overrated.

funny thing here in kuwait flights going to kuwait are all booked up and apparantly hotels in dubai are full?

lol i have no comment!

27 September, 2005 10:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, ibn Battuta attempted to get to Gitex, or so it is written, but found himself stranded on Sheikh Zayed road for two years and was forced to go to China instead.

There, though, he did find iPod earphones.

27 September, 2005 10:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually all the truly cool kids are calling the mall Ibn Cock. Find a Filipino and ask them why.

27 September, 2005 11:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what one poster had mentioned in the 'limerick' thread. GITEX is a complete HYPE. Does anyone seriously think that the companies are interested in showcasing new or emerging technologies? People flock there like gullible fools when all they need to do is just check on the internet and find out all the information they can. I've been to several exhibtions worldwide including the CES in Vegas and numerous trade shows in Europe like CEBIT. GITEX is not a patch on those. Most of the visitors here from surrounding countries come here on a 'company paid vacation' for one thing and one thing only.. and its a word that rhymes with GITEX.

27 September, 2005 12:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AHA! please refer to the comments about prostitutes in the 'skin deep' thread. And you entirely right, by the way.

Gitex is nothing like CeBit in Germany, for example, that showcases genuine world firsts and tech innovations. All the products are rehashed from US and Europe, and are repackaged in a way that may make a quick buck, then they go and get a word that rhymes with buck.

Dubai is a trading port; for old IT, for sex, anything really

27 September, 2005 13:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of the exhibitors at GITEX. The worst thing about it has to be the rampage of men looking to get some entertainment from the cam girls/booth babes and whatever else they are called. Its sick and revolting and I wish people like them could be shot at sight.

One managed to get my mobile number (business card I guess) and called me 6 times until after midnight. :( Cant get worse than this.

27 September, 2005 14:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What i don't get is why people exhibit when they all say the same thing "we get no return what so ever and neither do we benefit. We exhibit becuase we have to and it won't look good if we don't". All the stress, planning and money which is ploughed into exhibiting - purely for the sake of keeping up appearances. Most of the products are old. It kinda resontates through this city - big marketing hype, but low on delivery.

I am quite sure if one of the large MnC's decided not to exhibit next year, customers would not think they are going under! If anything, they will earn more respect.

27 September, 2005 14:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL@Anna's remark about shooting. I'll make sure to stay out range. :) Seriously though I can well imagine how annoying this persistent crude behaviour is. the last time I went to GITEX was 4 years ago. At 11 am we have 'delegates' walking in completely devoid of their senses after the previous nights/ early morning escapades trying to hit on the booth girls, who to their credit either ignored or answered them in a professional manner.

27 September, 2005 15:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How to improve GITEX?

Cancel it.

27 September, 2005 15:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exhibiting or visiting this farse is of cource for the same reason as any other exhibitions which is a free getaway from the boring office back home and of a chance to fraternize with the bunny-girls.

Actually, when you really want to speak to some from the stand about their product, she or she has not recovered from the hangover although it's 3.30 in the afternoon.

27 September, 2005 15:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a walk on Computer Street in Bur Dubai....these shops dont care about their walk in customers when GITEX is on at the other end of town.

27 September, 2005 15:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The less cool amongst us call it I bin tootin' - which applies as much to drivers excess use of the horn as much as it does to ridiculous and childish fart jokes. Little things... :)

27 September, 2005 16:14  
Blogger 1Desi said...

25 bucks for trade visitor entry?! Have they gone mad? I thought this was about educating the middle/end users - What tha?! So they're charging the exhibitor $5,000/day (!!) AND making money from the visitors! The organizers are having a field day!

The whole ordeal (getting there.. finding a place to park... getting in) was so bloody painful, I stopped for a cup of coffee, walked back to my car and called it a day!

If the buxom broads (someone tell em they're too fat to fit into them tight dark jeans) taking a walk in the 'park' wasn't enough, the pervs with their tounge out was just plain disgusting!

What a waste! Should'eve just stayed in the office and surfed

27 September, 2005 16:46  
Blogger 1Desi said...

Whoa... missed the thread - well almost. How to improve GITEX

1) Combine GITEX, DSF, DSS, etc. into one big, happy, event - driving in orbit around 'Al Diyafa' road would also count towards participation in the mega-event

2) Have an IT event that's actually about I.T. and not the latest price reduction on some 2-bit hardware (It's older and still more expensive than the US, etc.).

3) Stop these stupid eat-your-salad (credit of the pun goes to somebody else) promotions - they should be on all year round! (Besides, the AEO 99 wasel cards are unavailable.. a visit to their office revealed that they're "sorry... we aren't able to access the website either. But if you like, I can sell you one for AEO 160+ !")

All in all though - I guess GITEX does do some economic good for Dubai tourism, hotels, electronics, jewelry, etc.

27 September, 2005 17:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey SD - i c ur blog's attracting tonnes of the "wannabe famous like SD" crowd...


hey, i'm i right in guessing ur in the media ? journa 'haps ?


27 September, 2005 18:06  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I am not famous, thank god! This place got a bit too much notice after the July block/unblock, but things have died down a lot now, and there is just a (usually nice) crowd of regulars/other bloggers that drop by.

27 September, 2005 18:52  
Blogger moryarti said...

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27 September, 2005 23:07  
Blogger moryarti said...

Gitex is not that bad, the only thing i don't like about this year is the lack of any break-throughs.

Except for that funky robot at the Sony stand, everything else is old news.

One thing I was really looking forward to is the heavily anticipated announcement of the new Telco -

too bad no one knows when will it be launched. No one knows that it will be co-owned by Dubai Government. No one knows that it will be run by TeCom (DIC telco body). No one knows that it will be headed by Mr. Sultan Osman -Mobinil ex CEO- AND no one knows that initially, it will only offer Internet and GSM service in some areas...

so if anyone knows anything about it .. will you let me know :)

28 September, 2005 09:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made the same mistakes for the last 4 years; visited the GITEX!

I think GITEX gave technology a new meaning,
and why do we support it?

Technology is not
Bouncing balls
Huge plasmas
Fashion show
Freebies Hunters

Today the last GITEX day,
I can say PROUDLY I didn’t done the mistake again,
And I would not do it again. GO TEX

12 September, 2007 15:05  

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