The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now ranked third among Arab countries and has improved by 17 places to occupy the 41st spot globally in the UN e-Government Readiness Index 2012, demonstrating the country’s success in improving its e-services and injecting large-scale investments to increase broadband penetration, which is now expected to reach up to 31% by 2013. The widespread adoption of e-services and sustained internet boom have also been influenced by decreasing cost of internet access and computers, and the expanding range of internet services that cater to a much broader cross-section of the population.

GITEX Saudi Arabia 2012, the 11th International Information and Communications Technology Exhibition for Saudi Arabia, echoes the continuing boom in the Kingdom’s ICT sector as a growing number of regional and international exhibitors have already confirmed participation at the trade event. Organised under the auspices of the KSA’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, GITEX Saudi Arabia 2012 will run from 21st to 24th 2012, at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“The enthusiasm towards the growth prospects of the Saudi ICT market is clearly manifested in this year’s GITEX Saudi Arabia, which is witnessing a surge in interest from regional and global exhibitors. We have also prepared a much more extensive showcase of products and value-added services that cater to a diverse range of sectors, including oil and gas, financial services, healthcare, education and communications,” said a spokesperson from Riyadh Exhibitions Company.

GITEX Saudi Arabia 2012 will run concurrently with Saudi Communications 2012 – The 14th International Telecommunications Exhibition, which will serve as the business-to-business portion of GITEX. The show is being organised by Riyadh Exhibitions Company. Full event details are available at


Joumana Saad

Before joining SME Advisor, I worked as a producer/reporter for Forbes Media in New York. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and International Studies at the University of South Florida in the US. I am currently in Dubai working as Sub-Editor for SME Advisor Middle East, which is a business magazine published by CPI. You can follow me on Twitter: @joumanasaad or @SMEadvisorME and (Joumana Saad) or (SME Advisor) on LinkedIn.