Sunday, 19 October 2008

20

Warning: ‘I can remember when this was all sand’ post.

This year will be my 20th GITEX. Back in 1988 it was a two-hall show – the second hall was a new feature, the MacWorld exhibition. The exhibitor party was a barbecue held on the small lawn at the back of the Apartments Club, one of the last remaining, marvellous, pieces of ‘70s Dubai. The show was mostly shell scheme stands, pirate software and shuffling brochure-hunters.

I met a teacher while out exploring the town. It was at a low nightclub in the Dubai Marine Hotel. A tiny, dark and pretty crap sort of place. You wouldn’t usually catch me dead in a nightclub, let alone one as ill-favoured as Cavaliers. It turned out the same was true of the teacher, who was only there because her friends had dragged her there. Mrs McNabb, as she is known today, is the product of that rarest of things: a GITEX romance...

5 comments:

the real nick said...

And you've been going to 19 subsequent Gitexes to find a newer model??

Abu Dhabi Blogger said...

I should've stopped at the warning lol. Kidding... wow 20 is quite a lot.

nzm said...

God - that is romantic.

Probably haram too. Using GITEX to look for love? ;-p

Keefieboy said...

Ah, sweet!

Mars said...

awwww.

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