"The spirit of cyber came to Dubai"

That was how the Founder of Cybertech, Amir Rapaport, summed up the Cybertech Global conference held this week in Dubai. The historic conference, in which Israeli and Emirati experts in the cyber field shared the stage for the first time, received extensive media coverage and was crowned a great success 

The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, together with Cybertech Founder Amir Rapaport during the conference in Dubai this week, Photo: Cybertech 

The eighth edition of the Cybertech Global conference, an international cyber event that until now had been held in Tel Aviv, took place this week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sponsored by the local government and attended by officials from the highest level, delegations from about 50 countries and thousands of visitors. The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, honored the event with his presence, and said that he is looking forward to the next conference that will take place in Dubai in 2022.   

"We couldn't expect this kind of success in the middle of the global pandemic but actually we feel a lot of interest. The spirit of cyber came to Dubai, and we found Dubai as a perfect location for us because it's a very vibrant city, a real hub for technology, a real hub for business," said Amir Rapaport, Founder of Cybertech and Israel Defense, in an interview for the Dubai Media Office. The historic conference, an expression of the deepening friendship between the two countries since the signing of the Abraham Accords, also received a great amount of media attention.

The Emirati newspaper Gulf News, which is published in English, dedicated a number of articles to the conference and emphasized the presence of Prince Hamdan. "At a time when the global community is facing growing cybersecurity threats, this industry event in Dubai provides an ideal platform to share knowledge and expertise on safeguarding the world's digital assets," the article quoted the Crown Prince as saying. The local Khaleej Times also reported about the event and noted that the "largest security networking event to be held outside the US reinforces Dubai’s position as an international hub for technology and cybersecurity innovation." 

The business website Trade Arabia, based in Bahrain, reported about the conference before it opened. "The Government of Dubai, UAE, in partnership with Cybertech, is expecting thousands of visitors, including more than a hundred speakers from the highest level of global cyber, governments, companies, R&D centres and organisations to attend the biggest cyber event ever held in GCC," it said. 

ITP.net, website of the leading media company from Dubai that also has offices in Saudi Arabia, the U.S., India, Germany and Britain, published "5 reasons to attend Cybertech Global conference in Dubai" (Top-notch speakers from the regional and international scene, insight-packed sessions, cyber in the time of COVID-19, startup spotlight, and networking utopia).  

The event that highlights Dubai’s efforts in the cybersecurity domain "will draw high-level stakeholders, start-ups, government entities and organisations from across the world, to foster existing and create new business opportunities, said Emirati news agency WAM, which published the article in Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Chinese and other languages. 

Today, Holocaust Memorial Day, the Jewish people unite to honor the memory of the six million victims of the Nazis. A moving, special memorial ceremony was held in the framework of the conference at the pavilion of IAI.