By Mohammad Hammoudi, General Manager of Cisco in Qatar.
Qatar is leading the Arab world in efforts to bridge the digital divide, and is firmly placed in the rising star category for making the most of technology.
That’s not only our opinion – that’s the official view of the World Economic Forum, the worldwide organization that promotes public and private sector cooperation to improve the world.
Qatar earned the highest ranking in the Arab world for the Networked Readiness Index in the WEF’s Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2014, which was sponsored by Cisco. Qatar is also among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of Internet users, households having access to a computer, and Internet connections.
Making this possible is a strong government vision: Qatar scores a staggering third worldwide out of 148 countries for government vision of ICT, having identified the sector as a key industry to diversify the local economy and boost productivity.
Unsurprisingly, we’re seeing the benefits of this vision in Qatar’s IT market – which is on track for annual growth of 10 percent by 2016, according to a report from market research company Research and Markets.
Government efforts such as Qatar’s National ICT Plan 2015, and the push to build Smart Cities, such as Lusail City, which will be the site of the stadium hosting the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, make Qatar one of the world’s most exciting markets for ICT professional.
All of this explains why I am so proud to host the return of our flagship technology event Cisco Connect Qatar on Tuesday, 18 November at The St. Regis Doha hotel.
Themed “The Internet of Everything: The Scene of Tomorrow,” Cisco Connect Qatar 2014 will bring together hundreds of Qatar’s decision-makers, customers, media representatives, and industry experts to discuss the latest technology trends, solutions, and innovations.
The IoE – the linking of people, process, data, and things – is creating new capabilities and economic opportunities, with Qatar set to seize on the USD 19 trillion global market by 2020.
Cisco Connect Qatar will provide Qatar’s business decision makers at all levels the opportunity to explore how their businesses will be able to leverage the IoE to achieve their business objectives including ICT skills talent development, market relevancy and the ability to make instant, beneficial decisions in response to changing and challenging local business conditions.
At the event, an impressive lineup of senior Cisco keynote speakers from around the world will focus on how the IoE is driving changes in ICT, and daily lives of Qatar’s citizens and businesses.
Join us as, together, we define the future of ICT in Qatar.