February 25, 2024
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12,000+ set to attend inaugural Web Summit Qatar 2024

World’s largest tech event lands in MENA for the first time

Doha is gearing up to host Web Summit, the world’s largest technology event, in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) for the first time.

Tech entrepreneurs, investors, and renowned speakers from Qatar and worldwide will convene to discuss the latest technology trends at Web Summit Qatar 2024.

The event is scheduled to take place from February 26 to 29, 2024, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, bringing together more than 12,000 entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders from across the globe to network on the latest technology.

The event marks a significant milestone in Qatar’s journey to becoming a global hub for technology and innovation.

Record attendees

The registration numbers have exceeded expectations, with more than 12,000 attendees, surpassing the original target by 160%.

The Web Summit brand of in-person technology events belongs to Dublin, Ireland-based Web Summit that oversees the hosting of events in Europe (Lisbon), North America (Toronto), South America (Rio de Janeiro), Asia (Hong Kong), and the Middle East (Doha).

YoY growth of Web Summit globally. Infographic: Web Summit (Dublin)

Web Summit Qatar will feature 1,000 startups from 80 countries, showcasing the most diverse representation of startups for a Web Summit debut.

The startups, spanning 30 industries, will benefit from networking opportunities, with the event also featuring numerous partners, exhibitors, and media participants.

Sheikh Jassim bin Mansour bin Jabor Al Thani, Chair of the Web Summit Qatar Organising Committee, expressed his optimism about the impact of emerging technologies, emphasising their role in reshaping various sectors.

He highlighted Qatar’s unique blend of opportunity, innovation, and connectivity, stating that Doha is the ideal launchpad for a new era of innovation, collaboration, and growth.

Worldwide interest in the summit is evident as thousands from Qatar, the MENA region, and beyond have confirmed their participation in the event.

Regional tech hub

Qatar’s rise as a regional hub for technology and entrepreneurship is attributed to its state-of-the-art infrastructure, business-friendly environment, and forward-looking national vision.

Katherine Maher, CEO of Web Summit, expressed excitement about Qatar hosting the first Web Summit in the MENA region. She stressed Qatar’s commitment to building a startup economy.

Web Summit locations globally. Infographic: Web Summit (Dublin)

Doha is set to host Web Summit Qatar for the next five years, fostering new partnerships, connecting emerging tech ecosystems, and stimulating growth across Asia, Africa, and beyond.

Backed by government initiatives and a track record of hosting major global events, Qatar aims to deliver a unique Web Summit experience this February.

Under Qatar’s Third National Development Strategy 2024-2030, initiatives include building on the emerging cloud ecosystem, incentivising cutting-edge technologies, and growing the domestic venture capital industry.

Qatar’s robust infrastructure, including free zones, industrial parks, hyper-scale cloud data centres, and incubation programmes, has positioned it as a leader in entrepreneurship in the Arab world and the second most competitive economy in the MENA region after the UAE.

Web Summit Qatar 2024 ticket prices:

General: QAR2,395 / Executive: QAR10,95 / Chairperson: QAR34,995

Group packages:

5-9 tickets: QAR2,275 / 10-14 tickets: QAR2,156 / 15-19 tickets: QAR2,036

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    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto is an award-winning journalist with wide-ranging Middle East and Asia experience in the tech, space, aerospace, aviation, defence, luxury watchmaking, business, fashion, and automotive verticals. He is passionate about conserving endangered native wildlife globally and protecting the world’s oceans from plastic pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Arnold enjoys 4x4 off-roading, camping and exploring global destinations off the beaten track.
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