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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, February 25, 2019

Smart Dubai Announced as City Host of Upcoming Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

CIOs and IT Leaders to Explore Strategic Trends and Technologies Driving Digital Transformation and Shaping the Future of IT and Business, March 4-6

Gartner, Inc. announced today Smart Dubai as the City Host for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo taking place, March 4-6, at Madinat Jumeirah, in Dubai, UAE.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives. Leaders will discuss strategic trends and technologies that are driving digital transformation and shaping the future of IT and business. Through a mix of Gartner analysts, industry experts, and cutting-edge solution providers, attendees will uncover innovative ways to approach challenges, make decisions with confidence and become an even more effective leader.

H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office and member of advisory board for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2019 in Dubai, will give the City Host welcome address at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai. Smart Dubai will also demonstrate the success achieved so far in digitizing government services towards a 100 percent paperless experience by 21.12.2021, the challenges learned along the way, and how the future will look being the first city globally to achieve such a transformation.

“Guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, Smart Dubai is on a mission to embrace disruptive, avant-garde technologies, tailor them to the needs of our residents, and transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city on earth,” said H.E. Dr Aisha. “We always look forward to prospects of presenting at likeminded organizations to explore the opportunities that advanced technologies can bring us. Gartner’s gathering of experts offers advanced insight into the emerging trends shaping IT and business, and being the City Host for the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai makes it all the more important to us.”

“The UAE’s ambitious and path-breaking Vision 2021 has placed significant weight on embracing advanced technologies – and on the ICT sector, in particular,” H.E. Dr Aisha added. “This Symposium offers global perspectives on universal ICT issues, allowing us all to explore the challenges that lie ahead. We hope that through this Symposium, we can learn how to propose bold solutions to address these challenges, and we can develop advanced services, establish robust ICT ecosystems, improve people’s lives and promote happiness among them.”

“We are delighted to have Smart Dubai as the host city for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo,” said Miriam Burt, Managing Vice President at Gartner and Conference Chair for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai. “The transition to digital is undeniable and accelerating, disrupting both government and business models. Smart Dubai is an example of a government driving this transformation.”

About Smart Dubai

Smart Dubai is anchored in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President & Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the happiest city on Earth.

Collaborating with private sector and government partners, Smart Dubai is the government office charged with facilitating Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors. Smart Dubai is committed to a collaborative and agile approach to Dubai’s smart city transformation, empowering strategic partnerships with the public and private sector and academia to design and implement services and elevate citywide thought leadership, in line with its mission to make Dubai the happiest city on earth through technology innovation. Additional information is available at https://www.smartdubai.ae/.

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world's most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT leaders, uniting a global community of CIOs with the tools and strategies to help them lead the next generation of IT and achieve business outcomes. Leading CIOs, senior business and IT leaders worldwide will gather for the insights they need to ensure that their IT initiatives are key contributors to, and drivers of, their enterprise's success, March 4-6 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Follow news and updates on social media using #GartnerSYM.

About Gartner

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities today and build the successful organizations of tomorrow.

Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organizations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size.

To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit gartner.com.

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