On the sideline of GITEX Technology Week 2016, Teknotel, the magazine specialized in technology and business, distributed awards to the best smartphone and electronics manufacturers as well as telecommunications companies. The ceremony took place on October 18, at Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

In his opening speech, Mr. Naim Boueri, Chief Operating Officer, Trace Media, welcomed the audience and spoke about the history of Teknotel as the first Arab technological magazine launched 15 years ago. “We decided to enter the publishing market with the first Arab technological magazine that we called T2 Arabia! Back then, we used to only cover the consumer electronics market. Throughout the years, we’ve met the growing demand, developing the magazine until it became known as Teknotel which, today, covers all technological, technical and business news”, he said.

After that, Mr. Toni Eid, Chief Executive Officer, Trace Media, welcomed the attendees and praised the importance of this event which honors leaders and experts of the technology and business field, while highlighting the most prominent innovations and achievements.

The winners were selected based on public vote, which accounted for 60% of the final result. The remaining 40% were based on the opinion of an independent panel of four experts in the ICT field.

Awards were distributed as follows:

Category

Company

Product

Best Tablet

Lenovo

Yoga book

Best Laptop

HP

HP EliteBook 1030

Best Personal Security Solution

Kaspersky

Kaspersky

Best TV

Samsung

Samsung Curved 55-inch 4K ULTRA HD

Best Entry Level Camera

Nikon

Nikon D3400

Best DSLR Camera

Canon

Canon EOS 5Ds

Best Media Provider

Now TV

Now TV

Best Mobile Data Package

du

du

Best Customer Service

Zain

touch – Lebanon

Best Operator

Etisalat

Etisalat

Best Wearable

Huawei

Huawei watch

Best Affordable Smartphone

LG

G5

Best Dual Lens Smartphone

Huawei

P9

Smartphone of the year

Sony

Xperia X

Sharjah Department of eGovernment (DeG) finalized procedures and technical preparations which are set to carry out Sharjah’s “digital movement” message during the GITEX Technology Week 2016. The region’s largest technology trade fair, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on October 16 - 20 2016, will be a key platform for DeG’s mission to support 35 Sharjah-based government entities and authorities with their latest launches and e-services, which are all set to take place in one of GITEX’s largest pavilions, which is the Sharjah Government stand.

DeG will also have an integral role in showcasing some of its latest and most engaging e-services and applications, as part of a fully integrated plan to drive Sharjah’s digital and egovernment services.

DeG is also all set to launch its latest innovative game, “Sharjah Land”, which will target children, youngsters as well as adults communicating some of the most entertaining and educational features on Sharjah to users across the UAE.

Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi said: “DeG will surely share one of the biggest launches among its Sharjah-based government partners, where preparations are also finalized for the launch of one the most creative games ever introduced for users in Sharjah. Our core message to visitors this year will highlight Sharjah’s digital transformation process through visible and interactive networks and platforms for visitors to see and engage with, as well as provide a comprehensive vision of Sharjah’s digital integration with the everyday lives of its citizens.”

DeG is the government body in charge in managing and powering the Sharjah Government stand during the GITEX Technology Week 2016, as well as support 35 local government bodies facilitating their exhibiting booths and key launches which are set to take place all throughout the event. Participating entities and authorities are expected to also launch some of the latest and updated applications, e-services, portals and additional digital functions briefing visitors on some of the most technological developments on Sharjah’s tourism, business and customer-based services and offerings.

DeG also revealed that the new Sharjah Government stand this year design is inspired by the mix of architecture, technology and environmental sustainability of Al Noor Island, thus reflecting on their slogan for this year’s participation which is “Sustainability and Digital Innovation”.

Dubai Internet City (DIC), part of TECOM Group, has announced its presence at GITEX Technology Week 2016 for the 17th consecutive year as the event's Lead Industry Partner. Home to an innovative and creative community, DIC will showcase futuristic innovations being developed in Dubai. From creating an immersive experience room which takes visitors on a journey into Dubai's future, to leading payment and transportation solutions, DIC's presence at GITEX Technology Week highlights the role that technology is playing in shaping Dubai as a global innovation hub.

"Since its launch in 1999, Dubai Internet City has cultivated a technology ecosystem which has played an integral role in the nation's economy. The innovation on display at the DIC pavilion is testament to the creative thinking and competitiveness that is being driven by our business partners from Dubai to the rest of the world," said Ammar Malik, executive director, Dubai Internet City.

Also at GITEX, Dubai Internet City's innovation arm, in5 will showcase Dubai based start-ups including wrappup, One, Crowd Analyzer, mrUsta, and Corporate Stack. Providing support to the local start-up community will ensure the long-term creation of economic and talent for entrepreneurs.

In addition, Visa Middle East and Uber will demonstrate innovative and futuristic technologies at DIC's stand in Gitex 2016.

Visa has developed prototypes including a Biometrics ATM which enables banks to let customers use fingerprinting to process transactions, an Iris Scan which facilitates payment transactions simply by having customers scan their eye, and a Banking Chatbot powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.

For the first time in the Middle East, Uber will demonstrate the technology behind autonomous trucks and cars. Pioneering autonomous driving technology from its Middle East headquarters in Dubai Internet City, Uber will showcase how they are making driverless vehicles a reality, while increasing reliability and access to public transportation at a touch of a button.

With a firm commitment to supporting the future of technology, DIC's imprint on innovation in the region remains unwavering. As business partners create the future from Dubai, DIC will continue to enable opportunities which allow for their progress and development.

The DIC pavilion at GITEX will be located in Concourse 2 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Global government and technology experts set to speak at GITEX Technology Week have praised Dubai for developing new smart city benchmarks.

Smart Cities use technology to analyze data sent from sensors over Wi-Fi networks to enhance daily lives and governance. Prominent use cases include solving challenges such as traffic congestion and utilities distribution, and launching mobile government services.

As the world urbanizes, the Internet of Things' impact on Smart Cities could reach USD 1.6 trillion by 2025, including USD 800 billion in transportation and USD 700 billion in healthcare, according to a recent report by the research firm McKinsey Global Institute.

Since its launch in 2014, with a mandate to make Dubai the happiest city on earth, enabled by smart technology, Smart Dubai has completed the first phase of its city transformation.

Other significant milestones in the past year include: completing phase one as the first pilot city for the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union global Smart City index, and announcing the Smart Dubai Platform, the "digital backbone" of the city.

At GITEX Intelligent Cities, government leaders and technology companies will have an opportunity to see, hear, and experience the next wave of innovative, integrated technologies that are already helping cities around the world become more connected.

Key speakers include Dr Phyllis Schneck, deputy under secretary for Cybersecurity National Protection and Programs Directorate at the US Department of Homeland Security, on "Keeping Smart Cities Smart" on preventing cyber-attacks, Keith Kaplan, CEO of the Tesla Foundation, on "Tesla's Autonomous Car Vision", and Stephen Hilton, director of Bristol Futures in the UK on "Roadmap to World's First Open, Programmable, and Green City."

This year, the Smart Dubai Office is bringing a first-of-its-kind city experience to GITEX. By bringing together partners from public and private sectors, Smart Dubai is offering visitors a true smart city experience. All participating entities will be showcasing smart services and solutions that are making Dubai a more efficient, seamless, safe and impactful experience today, contributing to Smart Dubai's citywide vision to become the happiest city on earth, powered by smart technology.

Many leading smart city technology vendors will showcase the latest solutions at GITEX. Gemalto will showcase its eDriver Licence, Virtual Reality, On Demand Connectivity and Smart Watches for governments to connect, secure and monetize the Internet of Things. LG will demonstrate the SmarThinQ Hub connected home with smart sensors and appliances.

Technology vendors and startups are eager to leverage augmented reality, drones, robotics and 3D printing to optimize Smart City goals and deployments. Demonstrating the growing opportunity, Dubai recently opened the world's first 3D-printed building, and the Dubai Future Agenda aims for 25 percent of Dubai's construction to be 3D-printed by 2030.

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