Awards events are for more than just handing out prizes and celebrating the recent past. They’re also about looking towards a more collaborative future.
Who doesn’t love a party?
It’s a serious question. After all, odds are most of us like to let loose from time to time –within moderation, of course (I could tell you about my legendarily hearty party days back when I was living in Berlin, but let’s just say I’m rather glad they’re mostly behind me these days).
There’s a reason for bringing this up. November just so happens to be the month the most exclusive – and dare we say coolest (at least in this editor’s humble opinion) – event on the annual comms industry calendar takes place: the CommsMEA Awards.
The awards have been an annual tradition for several years, of course, and beyond all the glitz and glam (of which, I’ve been told – and looking at pictures I’ve seen from previous years is anything to go bym it appears there’s a fair bit), they’re a fantastic opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate all that’s great about the industry and engage in a bit of all-important networking.
This year, we’re doing things differently – putting a bit of a subtle twist on the event just like we’ve been doing with so many other aspects of CommsMEA lately. Instead of a big dinner at a cavernous hotel or event centre, it’ll be a more intimate gathering at a swanky Dubai establishment for those winning awards and our biggest supporters. But don’t worry if you’re not in attendance among the so-called inner sanctum: we’ll have a full rundown of the proceedings in next month’s issue, and before then you can follow our social media channels and check our website to get the inside scoop as to what exactly goes down.
On the subject of going down, that’s something us regular folks prefer to happen with our mobile Internet bills. But telcos would rather not have that happen to their profits. Can a happy medium be reached? That’s one of this month’s features – mobile Internet strategy.
On the events side, we also have a recap of this year’s Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, better known as GITEX. Spoiler: it was pretty action-packed, as always. And also rather well-photographed (that’s spoiler number two for what you shall find in this issue).
And let’s not forget the interviews and expert commentary that are the bread-and-butter of any magazine. As usual, we have a few this month, such as with Huawei (the cover might have given that one away).
So sit back. Relax. And let the good times roll. Let’s party.
November just so happens to be the month the most exclusive – and dare we say coolest (at least in this editor’s humble opinion) – event on the annual comms industry calendar takes place: the CommsMEA Awards.”
Interviewing a robot named Pepper at the launch of du’s Idea Hub in Dubai.For more, check out page 10.