With the imposition of the new Value Added Tax (VAT) from January 2018 UAE-based consumers are making a beeline for Gitex Shopper 2017, to pick up their home electronics’ requirements while also indulging in the latest consumer tech that retailers are flaunting for their benefit.
Being held from September 23-30, 2017, at Dubai World Trade Centre, the shop till you drop electronics show is packed with offers on the latest product launches from local power retailers and international brands and Za’abeel Halls 3-6 at the show venue are witnessing brisk footfall as shoppers lap it all up!.
Featuring more than 35,000 products on offer, the eight-day sales extravaganza is a major highlight of the consumer tech sector in the UAE. This market alone is worth $11.3 billion, according to Euromonitor International. A key driver of this growth is consumer connectivity, a constant in today’s world.
A huge range of smartphones, TVs, laptops, wearable tech, smart watches, cameras and gaming consoles, among many others, are being showcased at the exhibition, offering consumers the opportunity to comparison shop on site and allowing savvy shoppers to get the biggest bang for their buck. GITEX Shopper is also running competitions with a range of prizes up for grabs.
Photography has never been more popular or accessible for consumers of all ages, and Gitex Shopper provides the perfect platform for visitors to find the widest range of options.
Top tech trends to watch out for at Gitex Shopper 2017:
Wearables have transitioned from geek to chic as manufacturers experiment with features and functions in fashionable formats. Devices are becoming smarter, with increased functionality and more apps available to support them. Look out for the latest stylish smart watches, Apple watches, Fitbits and more.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the buzzword of the moment, with leading tech companies racing to integrate this latest technology into daily lives. Leading tech companies are investing heavily to bring the benefits of AI to consumers, with products which can learn preferences and habits and smartly adapt to perform a host of tasks. 2017 has seen a leap in AI implemented across the region, from AI robots deployed on Dubai’s streets to self-driving cars. Smartphones are also advancing their AI systems, with personalised assistance like never before, understanding your interests, tastes, emotions and moods.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
The past few years has seen a merging of the physical and digital worlds through AR and VR. Technological advances in VR headsets have made the systems more accessible than ever before, and consumers increasingly using VR, particularly in gaming and education. Samsung will be displaying the latest VR headsets at Gitex Shopper, including Gear S3, Gear VR, Gear 360 and other accessories.
Mobile devices will play a key role in reshaping experiences with the compatibility of AI as a core component in unifying the Internet of Things. As a result, the latest smartphones have larger screens to adapt to this functionality. The UAE was recently ranked as number one globally for smartphone penetration, with the industry expected to reach $10.2 billion by 2022.
Future of television
TVs have been around for nearly a century and are still one of the most popular electronic devices. Recently there has been huge progress in display standards including ultra-high definition (UHD) screens. Leading technology companies are also redefining the design of TVs.
Smart home control systems are bringing automation into the home. The likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home are leading the charge with their range of smart speakers which beyond playing music, can control Internet of Things devices. Controlling lights, the temperature in the home, setting timers and feeding pets can be managed through a central device, making everyday tasks easier. Compare and contrast the extensive range of smart home control systems at Gitex Shopper.
Digital camera manufacturers are partnering with offline entertainment providers to provide added value for consumers. This means improved processes to make the production of rich content much easier.
The gaming industry has changed significantly in recent years, with global launches of Sony PlayStation VR and Pokémon Go bringing augmented reality into the mainstream. Gaming is always a hot topic at Gitex Shopper, and this year the event welcomes the arrival of exciting new consoles.
This year, consumers are cutting the cord and embracing wireless headphones. According to Global Market Insights the earphones and headphones market will exceed $25 billion by 2024. At the forefront of this is a wireless revolution, with the likes of the Apple Air Pod able to wirelessly connect to other Apple devices. Increased functionality has also created extra benefits through noise-cancelling headphones and swimming headphones.
3D printers are becoming increasingly affordable and accessible. 2017 has seen the rise of portable printers which can easily connect to handheld devices such as iPhones or iPads to deliver high quality prints wherever you are. Exhibitors are showcasing the latest in 3D printers for home and office at Gitex Shopper.