GITEX GLOBAL, one of the world’s largest tech show, kicked off its record edition this week in Dubai to a phenomenal international response over its first three days.
Its huge scale in 2023 was amplified by the announcement that the mega tech and start-up event will launch in Europe, spearheading the international market expansion impetus of the global tech community.
GITEX EUROPE 2025 was announced on 18.October at a signing ceremony at the 43rd GITEX GLOBAL, which this year again surpassed capacity at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) where it runs from 16-20 October 2023 featuring 6,000 exhibitors, and welcoming 180,000-plus attendees from 180 countries.
GITEX EUROPE is organised by KAOUN International – the international affiliate of DWTC, who organises GITEX GLOBAL – in partnership with Messe Berlin, where the event will debut from 21-23 of May 2025.
Extending a global tech hub network to Europe
GITEX EUROPE is the second overseas venture for the powerhouse GITEX brand, following the debut of GITEX AFRICA Morocco in May 2023.
The official signing ceremony of the launch between KAOUN International and Messe Berlin was attended by His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, and Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy; and Franziska Giffey, Vice Mayor of Berlin and State Senator for Economic Affairs, Energy and Enterprises.
“Berlin is a natural partner and twin to Dubai,”
said H.E. Al Olama.
“Going to Berlin proves that we are able to take the best and the brightest minds from the region to Europe and also bring them back to Dubai. This is a continuous momentum that started with GITEX AFRICA and we’re hoping to make GITEX Europe the most successful tech event in the continent.”
The surge in international demand for GITEX to extend engagements and explore new markets catalysed the creation of GITEX EUROPE 2025 in Germany, the largest economy in Europe, accelerating future economies with a digital transformation vision centred around talent development, innovation, and purpose-driven, public-private-partnership (PPP) tech investment.
Mario Tobias, CEO of Messe Berlin, added:
“With GITEX EUROPE, one of the most important international tech and start-up events is coming to Berlin. Whether coders, developers, tech CEOs, investors, industry newcomers or representatives of politics, science and research – in cooperation with our partner KAOUN International we are bringing Europe’s tech community together in Berlin. It gives us great pleasure to lay the foundation for this today”
Germany and Berlin: the epicentre of European innovation
Berlin’s rising status as a global tech hub is amplified by economic polices establishing the German capital as a magnet for disruptive companies unified by a desire to change the world via transformative tech shifts such as AI, blockchain, and quantum computing.
A global influx of tech talent, entrepreneurs, and investors has catalysed a vibrant, digital-savvy community where 5,600 tech start-ups and scale-ups are currently based, while every second euro of all German funding goes to a Berlin start-up.
Berlin has also been voted as the most popular start-up hub anchored by an ecosystem of dynamic accelerators such as Berlin Partner, while the ultra-urban city has created 25 unicorns and hosted a number of tech unicorns throughout their growth such as N26, SumUp and Auto1 Group. With the most patent applications of any European country, Germany has proven itself as an innovation hub, with Berlin at its core.