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GITEX Shopper to Return With a Host of New Features

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GITEX Shopper 2019 will continue to build on its reputation as the region’s favourite and longest-running consumer electronics bonanza when it returns to Dubai World Trade Centre between September 24-28, 2019. Always at the forefront of technology, GITEX Shopper will again host a wealth of products at great prices, with bundled offers and deals for an anticipated crowd of more than 125,000 visitors.

“GITEX Shopper continues to evolve at the same breakneck speed as the consumer technology sector, and with the very latest tech gadgets on the Shopper floor we are ensuring visitors get their hands on the most relevant technology tools and innovations,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events, DWTC.

The one-stop-shop for the biggest savings of the year will also stage a daily ‘Visit & Win’ draw with prizes including 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross GLX Highline and iPhone XRs – the most popular iPhone in Apple’s history, and Scratch & Win prizes including Blueair Cabin car air purifiers or Tornado watches from Time House.

Gaming and virtual reality will take center-stage at the future-focused 2019 edition, aimed to entice gamers of all ages. According to a recent Newzoo report, this year, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) will generate revenues of 4.8 billion this year, registering a growth of 11.5 percent.

The super-popular Shopper Games will be returning with its mini-tournaments taking pride of place on the show floor. The PC Gaming Area will be featuring Fortnite tournaments on September 26 and 27, and Super Smash Bros. challenges on September 28. The PlayStation area will host on-the-minute games including Control, Borderlands 3 and FIFA 19; the Nintendo area is enriched with Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda; and a Retro Game Zone will take players back to the golden age of Atari.

GITEX Shopper 2019 will also welcome the debut of the Shopper Virtual Zone for gaming enthusiasts to test their skills on Fruit Ninja, The Laser Bat, Angry Birds, Vacation Simulator, Tetris and Car Racing, while a dedicated VR/AR corner will serve as a beacon for virtual and augmented reality buffs.

Answering the growing demand for smart home devices, GITEX Shopper has partnered with Jumbo Electronics to host a dedicated stand for smart home products, including new launches from various brands. Pankaj Kumar, head of OmniChannel Retail at Jumbo Electronics said: “We will have a dedicated zone to showcase smart home products across four categories – this includes Smart Home Connectivity, Smart Home Security, Smart Home Entertainment and Smart Home Automation. We will have plenty of exclusive products, bundles and offers at the event.”

Following the popularity of the initiative’s inauguration during GITEX Shopper 2018, the show’s organisers, DWTC, will be hosting the second Shopper Trade-in, with the goal to further encourage visitors to recycle their unused electronics during an amnesty, which will reward them with vouchers to spend during the exhibition. Bargains are expected to fly off the GITEX Shopper floor with DWTC research showing that, of the 125,000 visitors at last year’s event, 81 per cent came to snap up offers and deals and more than half – 54 per cent – delayed their planned electronics purchases until GITEX Shopper to ensure they got the best deals.

Key exhibitors participating at this year’s event include Jumbo Electronics, Sharaf DG, Axiom, MSI, Logitech, Monster Computers, Right View Group, Tradex Middle East, KY Style Home General Trading, Time House Trading, Nishat General Company, Aamaal, Citibank, Yuet Meng Trading, Collector Consulting, and Al Safeer Group.

Commenting on why Sharaf DG returns to show year after year, CEO Nilesh Khalkho said: “GITEX Shopper is the only event where consumers can find the entire electronics retail industry together and it has been always a pleasure for us to showcase our entire range and directly interact with consumers from all over UAE. More importantly, GITEX Shopper is the perfect platform to reach out to our target audience and satisfy their needs.”

GITEX Shopper 2019 is open daily from 11:00am – 11:00pm. Tickets are pegged at only AED 20. Children under five enter free while student groups of 50 and above can get tickets at AED 10 per student. Creating even more convenience, visitors spending above AED300 will get six hours of free parking at DWTC.

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Acer Launches the EMEA Predator League 2022 eSports Tournament for Rocket League Fans

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Acer has announced the EMEA Predator League 2022, bringing its commitment to grassroots eSports to the next level: a new game, more countries, bigger prize pool. From September to November, teams from the EMEA region, regardless of their skill level, can compete in the high-powered arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem game “Rocket League” in the popular 3 vs 3 modes.

In addition to action-packed eSports fun and fantastic prizes, the 2022 edition will also offer exclusive promotions from 15 local retail partners, as well as community giveaways, raffles, and much more. “We are very excited to announce the second season of the EMEA Predator League after its initial season in 2020,” said Hajo Blingen, Vice President Marketing, Acer Europe, Middle East & Africa. “With our World Leading Gaming Portfolio, it is important to always reinvent ourselves. The EMEA Predator League 2022 ties in with our commitment to make eSports accessible for everyone competing in Rocket League. At the same time, fans can look forward to special offers and promotions from our involved retail partners.”

Eligible for the National Qualifier are teams from the following countries and regions:

  1. Europe: Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden), Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, United Kingdom (UK)
  2. Middle East: Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  3. Africa: South Africa

Two out of three players need to be residents of the respective country. The matches on the virtual pitch are played 3 vs 3. In the first stage, teams compete in the National Qualifiers. There are two qualifier rounds per country. The two best teams from each round qualify for the National Finals. The winner of the finals will participate in the EMEA International Final competing against the champions from other countries. The National Finals in the Middle East will be on 12th November and will be broadcasted live on TWITCH with the grand final taking place November 20th on twitch.tv/PredatorGaming

Registration for the Predator League starts on September 26th and runs through October 21st, 2022. All other dates, information, stream, and details can be found at www.predatorleague.gg.

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Meta Connect 2022 Date Announced

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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and Founder of Meta announced on his Facebook account the official October 11 event date for Meta Connect 2022. In the same post, the CEO also added a new image of Project: Cambria, the long-awaited follow-up to the Meta Quest.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise.

Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise. Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

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Pop Culture Show Popcon Middle East Comes to Dubai in November 2022

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Dubai will be hosting its first edition of PopCon Middle East (PopConME) from the 10th  – 13th  November 2022. Promising the ultimate weekend, PopConME will showcase the best in Movies, TV, comics, graphic novels, anime, cosplay, and much more. In partnership with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), Speedy Comics, and Alanza Trading, PopConME will take place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), Expo City Dubai, featuring exclusive workshops, movie screenings, Cosplay gaming competitions, and much more.

PopConME will be running as part of Dubai Esports Festival (DEF 2022) taking place from the 9th – 20th November 2022, the most exciting esports and gaming event in the Middle East, and a trend-setter for the region’s gaming industry which is set to cement Dubai’s position as a year-round global hub for esports and gaming.

“We are excited to introduce PopConME to Dubai. I have been a fan of comic books since I was a child and have been entrenched in the community from an early age. This is a dream come true for a true geek like me. I want this convention to have everything and more my geek heart desires.” said Amer Rashed Al Farooq, Deputy CEO, Speedy Comics Group, the region’s number one destination for vintage comics and pop culture collectibles.

This festival will give fans the opportunity to celebrate their favourite celebrities, meet like-minded people, and indulge in the world of fantasy all under one roof. Comic book geeks will get the opportunity to meet and greet their favourite talents up close, attend exclusive workshops and buy one-of-a-kind merchandise at the Artist Alley. Packed with interactive zones and activations PopConME will host its own People’s Choice Cosplay, Dungeons & Dragons, Pokémon/Yu-Gi-Oh Card Competitions.

Featuring a line-up of some of the biggest international talents, PopConME has already confirmed the attendance of Nightmare on Elm Street actress Katie Cassidy, who is also known for her portrayal of the demon Ruby in the fantasy horror series, Supernatural and Black Canary in Arrow. Also confirmed to attend are CW Supernatural Kevin Tran and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency actor, Osric Chau, and voice actor Ray Porter best known for his portrayal of DC Comics Villain, Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

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