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Global Technology Festival Hosted in the Humber

Dubai’s eyes are on the Humber for tech export as week of celebration and showcasing launched

The Humber’s digital innovation has hooked in the Middle East’s entrepreneurial epicentre, with Tech Week Humber’s launch buoyed by huge partners at home and abroad.

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre – the gulf state regulator and trade facilitator set up by royal decree – is joining high growth smart city specialist Connexin to make the 2021 celebration the best yet.

And the fact the international trade hotspot – benefiting from access to a myriad of emerging markets – is now looking to the Humber tech scene as reputation builds, is seen as quite a coup.

James Bernard, Europe’s regional representative at DMCC, explained the reasoning. He said: “The UK has always been one of our key areas of focus geographically, we have so much interest and the governments are quite aligned.

“There is so much to offer UK companies, doors are open and others can be opened and the thirst for business is there.

“The region lends itself to what Dubai has to offer; that expansion, thirst for business, great innovation that has settled in the Humber and is now focusing from the inside out and looking to expand. The region itself is a perfect example of an epicentre of innovation growth and that’s what Dubai sees itself as in the UAE.

Tech Week Humber vows to celebrate the achievements within the digital acceleration that has been witnessed through the pandemic, while seeking to open up the UAE to Humber tech businesses.

Founder Antonio Tombanane said: “2020 was by far the most challenging year for most of us. Many of us lost loved ones and our livelihoods were put at risk because of the pandemic, however, through adversity many rose to the challenge.

“Zoom and Teams calls became the norm, and businesses pivoted. Technology has always been at the centre of it all, digital disruption has accelerated at an unprecedented level, our lives have changed forever.

“We want to shine a light on our region, and promote global partnerships, while inspiring the next generation into tech. The Humber has become a hotbed for technology, with Hull securing more investment than any other city in the north of the UK.

“We have such a vibrant tech community in this region.”