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DSOA’s Dtec Forum to Explore Impact of COVID-19 on E-Commerce Sector


Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, today announced the agenda for the upcoming quarterly Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec) Forum, powered by Entrepreneur ME.

The last Dtec Forum for 2020 is scheduled to take place virtually via Holofair, a virtual event platform developed by Outreal XR, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 3pm (UAE time). Titled ‘Realities of Retail in 2020: Offline to Online’, the event will study the lessons learned from the rapid growth of the e-commerce sector during COVID-19.

Edward Sabbagh, Managing Director of Farfetch in the Middle East, will headline a one-on-one talk titled ‘Digitizing the Luxury Experience’ where he will provide an overview of how COVID-19 has impacted the luxury and fashion industry, changing online buying habits in the Middle East and across the globe. He will also share insights around what SMEs in the sector have learned from global brands over the past year.

The Dtec Forum will then host a panel discussion, titled ‘Offline to Online – Taking Advantage of the E-Commerce Boom’, moderated by Tamara Pupic at Entrepreneur ME. Panelists Khalil Alami, CEO of Telr, Rayan Osseiran, Founder of Shorages, and Renaud de Gonfreville, CEO of Ziwo, will analyze which opportunities the rapid growth of e-commerce due to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the sector’s supporting businesses, such distribution partners, payment gateways and logistics providers.

Commenting on the Dtec Forum, Hans Christensen, Vice President of Dtec, said: “As the largest hub of its kind in the MENA region, Dtec is always looking to support its community of startups in keeping up with the latest trends and developments in their respective industries. In line with that objective, and amidst the social and economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we couldn’t help but seek opportunities, one of which is the acceleration of digitalization in people’s lives – including working from home, e-learning, and shopping online. Hence, we decided to gather retail entrepreneurs to share their learnings from 2020 and perhaps guide others as they navigate the new landscape.”

Entrepreneurs and startups interested in joining this conversation at the latest edition of the Dtec Forum, powered by Entrepreneur ME, can register to do so through this link.

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