H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, director general, Dubai Department of Information, has officially opened the 15th CABSAT MENA exhibition and the inaugural Satellite MENA event at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Accompanying His Highness as he inspected exhibitor stalls at the region’s premier broadcast and production technology event was the CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Helal Saeed Al Marri, took the opportunity to greet exhibitors and guests.
“I would like to welcome all the exhibitors to this year’s event,” he said, speaking exclusively to DPme.com. “The support we have from both our repeat customers and our new customers is fantastic.”
“We have had a 10% increase in exhibitor numbers this year and we have had more than a 35% increase in the pre-registration of visitors on last year, which is a testament to the importance of the show, and that this is a must-attend event for this sector.
“DWTC is committed to ensuring that the show meets the expectations of visitors that are investing in the conference programme and in their business promotion across the whole region.”
The official statistics for this year’s 2009 CABSAT and Satellite MENA events, issued by DWTC, indicate that 667 companies are participating in this year’s show from over 50 countries.
There are eleven country pavilions within the show, including delegations from the UK, Germany, Spain, China, Turkey and Iran.
David Lim, industry group manager for the media and finance cluster exhibitions and events management at DWTC, says that mobile TV and IPTV will be among the primary focal points of the event.
“Mobile TV as a whole for this region is very new, as broadcasters and telcos look to rethink the way their content can be delivered,” he explained.
He said the inaugural Satellite MENA exhibition, which will be running alongside CABSAT, was also shaping up to be a successful event.
“The launch of satellite MENA has also been very impressive, in the sense that all the major satellite companies are in, and also some new satellite companies, such as SmartSat,” he said.
“We are also launching a series of CTO panel discussions during CABSAT 2009, and the topic is ‘technology uptake in challenging times.’”
“This forum will provide an interesting perspective on how the region’s leading CTOs in the predict things will pan out.”
The CABSAT MENA and Satellite MENA exhibitions run simultaneously from the third to the fifth of March at DWTC.