UAE to welcome first Israeli technology delegation at Gitex

UAE is all set to welcome the first Israeli technology delegation to the country at this Gitex Technology Week. The Israel Export Institute, IEI, Strategic Country Partner for Gitex, in partnership with Bank Hapoalim, will lead the delegation of Israeli government officials, entrepreneurs and business executives.

Gitex will host the UAE-Israel Future Digital Economy Summit featuring a lineup of UAE government ministers and Israeli government and innovation leaders on 7 December, presenting attendees with vast opportunities in the areas of innovation exploration, capacity building, investments and co-creation.

The summit, jointly presented by DWTC and IEI, will feature an agenda packed with leading government officials and innovation experts, who will share their perspectives on the potential for economic and technological collaboration between the two countries. The Summit will bring together specialists in AI, 5G, food security, fintech, future mobility, cybersecurity, healthcare and agri-tech.

The first Gitex Future Stars Israel Innovation Discovery Day hosted on 8 December will see technology leaders, leading investors and business leaders sharing insights on how to expand already thriving startup ecosystems.

The Israel Innovation Discovery Day will feature a selection of investors and technology experts, including Omri Toppoi, Partner, North First Ventures, co-founder of multiple startup units; Roy Geva Glasberg, Founder and Managing Partner, AnD-Ventures, who built the Google global mentoring initiative for startups as global manager of the Launchpad Google Startup programme, scaling it to over 40 countries; and Hanan Brand, Managing Partner, Cornerstone Venture Partners and Chairman, Made in Jerusalem, the non-profit community-based organisation that promotes and connects Jerusalem’s startup and tech ecosystem.

Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Teleworking Applications, noted that the UAE-Israel Future Digital Economy Summit will create new opportunities for using modern technologies effectively in the digital transformation matrix.

Al Olama said “Organising this first-of-its kind summit at the 40th edition of Gitex Technology Week constitutes a major stepping stone in strengthening cooperation in the field of digital transformation and the future digital economy. It will contribute to expanding knowledge exchange between both countries and accelerate the implementation of innovative solutions and services based on future technologies.”

David Leffler, CEO, Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, said, “The participation of Israeli companies in the Gitex exhibition and in the Israeli delegation to Dubai is of great importance and we welcome this opportunity. I believe that the collaboration with this important technology show will lead to the advancement of the industry and the blossoming of new business connections. The Ministry of Economy, together with the Foreign Trade Administration, is constantly working to create joint business opportunities.”

Adiv Baruch, Chairman, Israel Export Institute said “We are confident that the UAE-Israel Future Digital Economy Summit will be a significant step in fostering technological collaboration between the two countries, and that it will lay the foundations for tangible positive impact in the coming years.”

Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai World Trade Centre Authority, DWTCA, said “The first ever UAE-Israel Future Digital Economy Summit is a landmark moment for collaborative technological efforts between our two countries, enabling us to unlock value-generating opportunities.”