I heard someone who knows what they talk about saying a very interesting thing. "This GITEX is worse than it was during the Gulf War."
Then, the organisers had to space the stands to fill the halls. There were 'café' areas set out in the show filling the space where stands had pulled out or had never come in. A lot of US companies wouldn't let their people travel to the Gulf so a number of big names were absent. And there were shell scheme stands in the main halls, not just flashy built-to-order 'space only' stands.
He's right. This GITEX was exactly the same. Where before there were massive two-story stands from the major players in technology, now there are blocks of schell scheme. GITEX is not well at all. A quiet show, no major car parking hassles, no gridlocks. A dull show, little on offer that will change your life and most of the major players simply aren't around.
Oh dear, oh dear.