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Gitex Future Stars

1417 October 2018 / Dubai World Trade Centre


Getting to GITEX Futurists

Where is Dubai?

Where is Dubai?Dubai is located in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. It is 1 of 7 Emirates that make up the UAE.

What is Dubai like? 

Dubai is amazing, but we're biased! It's safe, clean, cultural, HOT, luxurious, cosmopolitan, creative, engaging we could go on. 

Do I need a visa?

A visa is required to enter the UAE except for Nationals (Citizens) from the following countries that will be issued entry permits upon arrival at the airport in the UAE.

GCC Countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia

  • Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City
  • United States of America
  • Australia, New Zealand
  • Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea

Nationals other than those of the above lists require an entry visa which will need to be arranged prior to arrival.


NOTE: GITEX Futurists can NOT assist you with getting your visa. Please speak to our travel partner for information or your local UAE Consultate. 

Which airlines do you recommend?

Our flight partner Emirates is offering a great discount for anyone using their airline to travel to Dubai. To get the discount code, register for your ticket and then you will be sent the unique code for 10% off your flight.

What about a hotel?

Dubai is full of fantastic hotels to suit any price budget. Our travel partner Alpha Tours can assist you with booking this. Email to ask about the hotel options available.

How hot will it be?

Always bring your sunscreen. Dubai is naturally a hot climate and the weather in October is likely to be around 96F or 36o . Indoors the air-conditioning can be quite strong so you may wish to bring a light jacket with you as well.

Where is the event hosted?

GITEX Futurists is hosted at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in Za’abeel Halls 4-6.

What’s the best way to get there?

There are many ways to reach here, the quickest is often the Dubai Metro. The closest stop is Dubai World Trade Centre, follow the signs when you get off to get to GITEX Futurists. Otherwise, ask your hotel to book you a taxi to take you to the venue. Due to the large volumes of traffic around the venue there can often be queues at peak times – so make sure you factor in extra time.

Do I need ID?

Yes, You will be required to show Photo ID to gain entry to the show. 

About GITEX Future Stars

What is GITEX Future Stars about?

The event brings together the international startup community across the whole ecosystem. From seed stage businesses right through to global tech giants like Facebook and billion-dollar investors. The event launched in 2016 to a crowd of 54,000 techies over 4 days from 65 countries. There were 160 investors and 400 startups on show. This year you can expect that to grow significantly.

GITEX Future Stars also has 3 conference programmes, Raise, Scale and Disrupt DXB, bespoke mentor clinics, a hosted network of investors, a pitch competition worth over $180k.

The event is run by Dubai World Trade Centre and is hosted alongside GITEX Technology Week – the 3rd biggest tech event on the planet.

When does it open?

The event dates are the 14-17 October 2018.

Show times are:

Sunday 14 October: 13.00-19.00
Monday 15 October: 11.00 - 19.00
Tuesday 16 October: 11.00 - 19.00
Wednesday 17 October 11.00 - 17.00

How do I get my ticket?

Book your ticket online.  You can also purchase your ticket onsite but this will cost more than if you purchase it online and in advance.

Note: Your ticket will only give you entry to GITEX Future Stars and not GITEX Technology Week. 

Where can I find my receipt?

Your email confirmation of registration and payment is your receipt. If you are purchasing a ticket onsite the cashier will give you a receipt as proof of purchase.

Where can I find my ticket?

Your ticket into the event is your confirmation email. Bring this with you to any of the fast-track booths, and then you will be asked to scan the barcode so that you can print your entry badge. You will need to use your entry badge to get into the event during the week.

Is my ticket transferable?

No, unfortunately it is not transferable. If you are unable to attend unfortunately we do not offer refunds either – so please ensure you can guarantee your attendance before purchasing.

Startup Questions

How much is a pod?

A pod costs upwards of $1,650 USD that includes everything you need to get your business showcased. If you’d like space only or to know other options available, please contact

What is included in my pod?

Signage, chairs, table, lighting and electrics and wifi.

How can I meet investors?

Firstly, make sure your online profile is up to date as this is their first resource for scoping out which startups they want to meet. So if you’re profile isn’t great – this will impact your chances onsite.

Networking, will be important. If you can, bring a colleague as well to the event so one person can man the pod, and the other can network.
Go to the pitch event, the investors will be there. Even if you aren’t pitching.
Investors will also have a specifically named badge, so keep an eye out for that  too.

How do I complete my profile

Once your booking is confirmed, you will be sent a unique login to the Exhibitor Zone. This is where you need to complete all the information that you have about your company.

Can I get a ticket for my colleagues?

Sure, as an exhibitor you will  receive 2 passes to the event. If you have more than 2 founders, then please contact and we can assist further.

Conference & Speakers

How do I become a speaker?

It’s great that you want to join the Main Stage – drop us an email on and we will be able to talk you through the next steps.

When is the conference?

The conference will run from the 14-17th October 2018.

Where is the Raise, Scale, Disrupt DXB Conference?

Hosted in the Main Stage you can find the conference inside the GITEX Futurists hall located in Za’abeel Halls 4-6.

Book your conference ticket.

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For more information about GITEX Future Stars, please contact us at: +971 4 306 4509 or for any general questions, please email 
NOTE: Your admission to GITEX Future Stars does not include entry into GITEX Technology Week.

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Show Dates & Times
Sunday 14 October: 13.00-19.00
Monday 15 October: 11.00 - 19.00
Tuesday 16 October: 11.00 - 19.00
Wednesday 17 October 11.00 - 17.00

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