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  • Etisalat joins GMIS as a Strategic Partner to share its experience in digital transformation and 5G for the benefit of industrial growth and societal progress
  • Etisalat will share best practices during the weeklong #GMIS2021 Summit, which will be held at Expo’s Dubai Exhibition Centre
  • Discussions at #GMIS2021 will cover topics around green manufacturing, women in leadership, future of work, renewable energy and industrial growth 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – August 30, 2021: The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) and Etisalat have announced a partnership to accelerate the deployment of the fifth generation of wireless networks (5G) to promote digital transformation both in the United Arab Emirates and globally.

As a strategic partner to the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, Etisalat will share best practices from its experience in rolling 5G communication networks and offering advanced technology solutions to businesses and governments. This strategic partnership will benefit from Etisalat’s expertise in 5G and accelerating digital transformation in all sectors while enhancing operational efficiency. Etisalat was the first to launch 5G network in the UAE and the region, and contributed to UAE’s capital being ranked among the top 3 fastest 5G capitals worldwide.

The summit will benefit from the participation of the leading telco group Etisalat as well as the expertise of Etisalat Digital and its role in accelerating digital transformation to explore how 5G, in combination with Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things, will usher in a new era of innovation for the manufacturing sector, strengthen global supply chain networks, promote sustainable economic growth and contribute to the UAE’s newly-launched industrial strategy.

Commenting on this partnership, Dr. Ahmed bin Ali, Group Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Etisalat said: “Digital technology and 5G networks generate enormous economic and social value, and they can digitally transform every aspect of industrial operation – from production to service delivery. Through its strategy of ‘Driving the digital future to empower societies’, Etisalat is committed to developing cutting-edge digital communication infrastructure to build more resilient societies and sustainable industries with more than four decades of its digital experience across industries. We are proud to partner with an international platform like GMIS and support the expansion of the UAE’s fast-growing and diversified industrial landscape.”

Etisalat provides telecom and technology solutions to 156.1 million subscribers in 16 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. In 2016, Etisalat announced a partnership with Expo 2020, making it the first commercial partner to use 5G network in the region. In 2018, Etisalat launched the first commercial 5G network in the UAE and in 2020 was also ranked the fastest mobile network globally.

Driven by faster data speeds, higher device density and lower latency, 5G mobile networks are expected to fundamentally transform manufacturing processes by further automating factory floors, developing smarter supply chains and improving industrial productivity. As the roll out of 5G networks accelerate, it is also expected to spur significant societal progress, making healthcare services more accessible, enhancing crop production, reducing carbon emissions and improving public service delivery.

#GMIS2021 will explore the rising importance of 5G in the manufacturing sector and highlight the evolving mechanisms of interaction between and among humans and machines in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Summit will organise a special session on the potential of 5G to drive improvements in climate action, sustainable energy generation, economic growth and social development.  

Badr Al-Olama, Head of the GMIS Organising Committee said: “The industrial world is at the forefront of an unprecedented digital transformation as organisations transition to the next generation of networks and technology systems. Digital solutions and 5G is at the very centre of this transformation. We are delighted to welcome Etisalat as a #GMIS2021 strategic partner and as a leading player in digital transformation providing the latest and most innovative solutions and services. We look forward to jointly spearheading discussions on the future of this revolutionary technology.”

Under the theme ‘Rewiring Societies: Repurposing Digitalisation for Prosperity’, #GMIS2021 will draw on key global leaders from government, business and civil society to discuss and debate how data and connectivity are shaping the future of the manufacturing sector while presenting opportunities for investments in technology, innovation and industrialisation. The Summit will organise panel discussions, plenary sessions and interactive workshops on topics such as dark factories vs smart factories, Government 5.0, Society 5.0, women in leadership and the UAE’s Operation 300bn strategy, which aims to expand the nation’s industrial sector and accelerate economic diversification over the next decade. 

In addition, #GMIS2021 will host three Global Panorama sessions and dedicated side-events focused on renewable energy production, strengthening bilateral relations between different countries and harnessing technological innovation to solve the world’s toughest socio-economic challenges. The Summit will run an exhibition to highlight the UAE government’s ‘Make it in the Emirates’ campaign, a first-of-its-kind initiative to encourage local and international investors, developers and innovators to benefit from the facilities and incentives offered by the country’s industrial sector.

Participants can register to attend #GMIS2021 at

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