Kickstart Europe announce sister event ‘Touchdown Middle East’ in partnership with Gulf Data Centre Association

Kickstart Europe announce sister event ‘Touchdown Middle East’ in partnership with Gulf Data Centre Association

The first data centre conference in the Gulf region takes off in Bahrain

17th July 2023, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – The Gulf Data Centre Association (GDCA), a trade organisation propelling the growth of the data centre industry across the GCC, has today announced the launch of Touchdown Middle East the region’s first annual conference for the data center industry, which will take place on the 21st and 22nd November 2023.

Developed in partnership with Amsterdam-based data center cloud and connectivity conference provider Kickstart Europe, Touchdown Middle East will bring together data center industry leaders, C-level executives, critical decision-makers, trailblazing operators, industry influencers and more from across the Middle East.

On Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd November 2023 at Al Dana Hall, Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain, Touchdown Middle East 2023 will offer attendees the opportunity to gain region-wide insight into the latest trends, developments, and opportunities in the data center market through keynote speeches from industry experts, panel discussions from leading voices and ample business development opportunities.

“The GDCA represents the region’s data centre market at both a local and global level, and our aim through the launch of Touchdown Middle East is to build the GCC’s reputation as a leading emerging market in the data centre sector and as a front-runner in today’s digital ecosystem,” says Henry Sutton, Founder of the GDCA and Touchdown Middle East. “With KickStart’s invaluable experience supporting us, we look forward to attendees of the conference being able to share and learn best practice expertise and invaluable knowledge as the industry gains significant ground in the region.”

“We are excited to be supporting the launch of Touchdown Middle East, which has come at a critical time when countries across the Gulf continue to invest in growing their data economies,” says Stijn Grove, founder of Kickstart Europe. “Having a dedicated industry conference to bring key organisations and individuals from across the region together will be invaluable in the development of the Middle East’s digital prominence.”
Trade mission
Dutch Data Center Association & the team of Kickstart Europe will organize a trade mission to the Gulf region, combining the trip with a visit to the Touchdown Middle East conference. The trade mission will allow European stakeholders to gain insights into the upcoming data center market in the GCC region and meet local players.

Individuals from the DDA / Kickstart Europe network can contact Stijn Grove and/or Zoë Derksen for more details on joining the trade mission.

Save the Date!
Save the date via this link. Tickets for Touchdown Middle East will be available from July 23. Buy your ticket before 21 September and receive $50 USD Early Bird discount off the original price ($150 USD).

Exhibitors & Sponsors
Touchdown Middle East offers numerous exhibitor and sponsor packages for organizations from across the region and beyond. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Touchdown Marketing & Sponsorship via:


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