Cisco’s Flagship Technology Forum to Return to Qatar

Cisco Connect Qatar 2014 To Bring Cisco's Technology Vision to Qatar's Business Leaders and Tech Experts

DOHA, Qatar – September 17, 2014 – Cisco announced today that its flagship technology event, Cisco Connect Qatar, will return on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at the St Regis Hotel, Doha.

Previously known as Cisco Expo Qatar, the event returns after its last appearance in 2012, offering an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to network, share knowledge, and gain insights to drive success for Qatar's public and private sector, especially in making better decisions in productivity and investment. Themed “The Internet of Everything: Tomorrow Starts Here,” Cisco Connect Qatar 2014 will bring together hundreds of Qatar's key technical and business decision-makers, alongside customers, media representatives, and industry experts to discuss the latest technology trends, solutions, and innovations.

The Internet of Everything (IoE) – the linking of people, process, data, and things – is creating new capabilities, richer experiences, and economic opportunities, with 500 billion connected devices by 2030.

Qatar recently recorded strong showings in the World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2014, sponsored by Cisco, which measures the capacity of 148 economies to leverage ICT for growth and country economic and social transformation. According to the report, Qatar's ranking of 23rd overall in the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) is the highest in the Arab world.

In the past year, the country has continued to improve and upgrade its ICT infrastructure (where it ranks 31st) and uptake (18th), thanks to a decisive effort led by the government's strong vision (3rd) that has identified ICTs as one of the key industries that will diversify the local economy and boost the productivity of all sectors. Qatar is also among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of Internet users (9th) and households having access to a computer (8th) and Internet connection (10th), which has become almost universal and has helped to achieve very high social impacts (8th).

Cisco Connect Qatar 2014 will include an impressive lineup of senior Cisco keynote speakers from around the world, focusing on how the IoE is driving changes in ICT, and daily lives of citizens and businesses.

Iconic Cisco clients in Qatar include QNCC , Sidra Hospital, New Doha International Airport, Aspire and Qatar Foundation REN, Cisco's continuing support for Qatar includes Smart+Connected Communities solutions as Qatar continues to invest in its Smart Cities; and Connected Energy and Advanced Malware Protection and Data Center security solutions.

Visitors to Cisco Connect Qatar 2014 will also experience the “World of Solutions” interactive exhibition of product and technology demonstrations, and cutting-edge solutions from Cisco and its partners. At partner stands, leading engineers will provide advice and guidance on optimizing network infrastructure.

Cisco Connect Qatar 2014 will also include technology presentations and breakout sessions led by Cisco subject matter experts, Cisco partner showcases, and joint-design workshop exploring practices, challenges, and new developments for attendees to support their businesses with forward-thinking IT planning.

Cisco Connect Qatar 2014 attendees will comprise the cream of mid-market and large enterprises, local and central government and service providers. These include top level managers, decision makers, network administrators, and network architects who play a pivotal role in shaping Qatar's future, underlining Cisco Connect Qatar's pivotal role as a premier business and technical platform to unite ICT professionals in creating a sustainable ICT industry in Qatar.

Cisco Connect Qatar 2014 is a registration-only event.

Executive Quote:

Mohammad Hammoudi, General Manager, Cisco Qatar

“It is a great opportunity for Cisco in Qatar to be hosting Cisco Connect once again. Like the rest of the world, Qatar is at the threshold of the Internet of Everything (IoE) age – an era where interconnectedness will deliver incredible beneficial changes to all areas of everyday life, from social infrastructure, transportation and public services to healthcare and education. We are confident that this year's agenda and the networking opportunities created will once again provide a real platform for thought leadership, technology architecture and the role of innovation to address the current and future ICT environment not only in Qatar but also throughout the Middle East region.”

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