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Top Middle East marketing, tech & business events to attend in 2020

Top Middle East marketing, tech & business events to attend in 2020

The best marketing, technology and business events to attend in the Middle East are right at your fingertips with this frequently updated list & 2020 calendar of over 60 conferences. Must attend? I think so! 

Whether you’re the new kid on the block or a veteran on the lookout for new tips and tricks to up your game, attending events is a surefire way to keep up.

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Why attend marketing & business events?

  • Get inspired by the latest industry trends, insights and campaigns

  • Meet like-minded individuals and exchange best practices (and contacts!)

  • Showcase your company’s unique offering through sponsorship/exhibiting

  • Share niche expertise through a keynote or panel discussion

  • Discover new tools and solutions that can help you optimise your company's performance

  • Expand your industry knowledge by learning from experts about skills that don’t sit in your wheelhouse

  • Spend face-to-face time with clients or prospects for lead generation

  • Build your own brand name by giving a talk or networking

  • Assess whether the industry is for you. Does it excite you? These are the crucial moments that can help you make a judgement.

Your ultimate guide to marketing, tech & business events in the Middle East

Now about these events...let’s get down to business!

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Gulf Executive Leaders' Support Forum 2020

Gulf Executive Leaders’ Support Forum 2020 on its second edition continues its commitment to educate, inspire and keep track with the latest developments and trends in the administrative field. Professionals and experts get together to discuss the latest innovations, strategies, insights, and best practices around the world.

Where: Gulf Convention Center Gulf Hotel, Bahrain

When: January 14-15, 2020

Digital Transformation Middle East

Start the new decade by getting ahead of the game and attending Digital Transformation Middle East 2020.

500+ communication service providers and suppliers from across the globe will come together to candidly share the lessons they have learned in accelerating their internal digital transformation, overcoming organizational, technical and operational roadblocks for a culture of innovation.

Where: Conrad Dubai, Dubai, UAE

When: January 20-21, 2020

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PRovoke MENA

The Holmes Report’s PRovoke MENA is a global network of events that explore the innovation and disruption that continue to redefine influence and engagement.

Where: W Dubai, The Palm, Dubai, UAE

When: February 5, 2020

Digital Marketing Summit

The digital marketing landscape that encompasses SEO, social media, PPC, content marketing and more is witnessing a dramatic shift – which businesses can no longer ignore.

This summit promises guests a better understanding of the state of development of Digital Marketing technology by exchanges, clearing houses, central counter parties and payment systems.

Where: Hilton Dubai Creek, Dubai, UAE

When: February 11-12, 2020

Dubai Step Conference

STEP started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings, and over 8 years has grown to become the largest tech festival in the Middle East. With 4 conferences, more than 250 startups showcasing, and 8000+ attendees over two days, STEP is home to the best entrepreneurs, creatives, and digital enthusiasts.

Where: Dubai Internet City, Dubai, UAE

When: February 11-12, 2020

International Exhibition for the Travel and Tourism Industry

ITM Beirut, held in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, is Lebanon’s sole international exhibition catering for the travel and tourism industry.

Tourism professionals and travel enthusiasts will gather under one roof to explore global destinations showcasing diverse tourist attractions, travel & accommodation options and hospitality services.

Located in the heart of Beirut, participants are able to access Lebanon’s fastest growing sector and unlock business potential for the developing Levant region.

Where: Seaside Arena, Beirut, Lebanon

When: February 19-21, 2020

KSA Business & IT Resilience Summit

The 2nd KSA Business & IT Resilience Summit seeks to bring together in Riyadh the best global and regional minds in Business and IT Resilience. Presentations and discussions will cover new thoughts, ideas and solutions to proactively manage all stages of the BCM implementation lifecycle, including not just Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery, but also Crisis Management and Emergency Response, Safety, Information Security and Security.

Where: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: February 20, 2020

The MEA Cash Cycle Seminar 2020

The premier regional seminar for insights and perspectives on commercial cash management, distribution, and circulation.

Where: Muscat, Oman

When: February 25-26, 2020

Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX)

JTTX is the leading local platform of all tourism sectors, presenting a diverse range of destinations and travel industry services.

JTTX highlights the ongoing importance of travel and tourism to the local economy. According to the latest UNWTO statistics, Saudi Arabia saw a 14% growth in the last years ,the fifth best performer globally.

When: February 26-28, 2020

Where: Convention Center, Jeddah Hilton, Saudi Arabia

QS World MBA Tour

The QS World MBA Tour in Dubai is a premium conference, the place to help you discover your dream MBA program. In addition to meeting admissions directors from Cass, IE, ESADE, Global MBA +many more, you also have the opportunity to book personalised appointments with leading business schools.

Where: Dusit Thani Dubai, UAE

When: February 28, 2020

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Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2020

At Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™ 2020 discover a refreshing and imaginative approach that will change the way innovative CIOs and IT executives think about digital leadership, business strategy, information and technology.

If your key initiatives include transforming organizational culture, improving productivity and efficiency, enhancing customer experience or growing revenue, Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo will arm you with the data-driven insights, tools and practical advice needed to deliver a winning strategy.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: March 2-4, 2020

Saudi International Digital Marketing and E-commerce Exhibition

The latest international and local companies and online trading platforms in e-marketing, e-commerce and customer service share the latest technologies and advanced programs to serve humanity.

Where: Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: March 2, 2020

Dubai Lynx

Dubai Lynx brings together top creatives, the world’s best brands, fledgling start-ups and everyone in between to learn, network and celebrate creativity in communications. Get ready to be inspired by senior and influential speakers from the region and beyond. Expect a strong focus on networking, a chance to interact with decision-makers through roundtables, community meet ups, hosted networking and much, much more

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: March 8-11, 2020

The Big 5 Saudi

The Big 5 Saudi gathers global construction expertise into one place for four days of product research, discovery and real business. The event presents an opportunity for industry professionals to get face-to-face time with a selection of experts with detailed knowledge about every aspect of the construction sector. The Big 5 Saudi welcomes over 13,000 construction professionals every year.

Where: Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

When: March 8-11, 2020

Middle East Business & IT Resilience Summit

The 9th Middle East Business & IT Resilience Summit 2020 seeks to bring together in Dubai the best global and regional minds in Business and IT Resilience. Presentations and discussions will cover new thoughts, ideas and solutions to proactively manage all stages of the BCM implementation lifecycle. Including not just Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery, but also Crisis Management and Emergency Response, Safety, Information Security and Physical Security. Rub shoulders with global and regional gurus and contribute to BCM and leadership and trend-setting thoughts.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: March 12, 2020

Smart Data Summit 2020

According to World Competitiveness Yearbook 2018, the UAE is ranked fifth globally in the use of big data analytics. With AI being the next big thing in the region, various sectors are now converging these two technologies to harvest better results. According to predictions from Forrester, 70% of organizations in the UAE are expected to implement AI to analyze unstructured data in the next two years, with hospitality, banking, tourism and oil and gas considered as the top players to use big data analytics.

The Smart Data Summit - the only conference dedicated to the growth and importance of big data analytics here in the Middle East region, will summon for its 7th edition on the 23rd - 24th March.

Where: Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE

When: March 23-24, 2020

Saudi Step Conference

STEP started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings, and over 8 years has grown to become the largest tech festival in the Middle East. The last edition of STEP Saudi featured 4 content tracks, more than 100 startups, and 1500+ attendees. Riyadh is STEP Saudi’s home of the best entrepreneurs, creatives, and digital enthusiasts.

Where: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: March 24, 2020

Bahrain International Technology Exhibition

“Digital economy” is a term being used for all of those economic processes, transactions and activities that are based on digital technologies. It has become an essential part of the architecture of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To ensure that organizations are equipped to navigate industry 4.0, leaders must be well versed in digital trends and disruptive technologies. MEET ICT and BITEX is designed to help embrace technology to drive performance and productivity. Exposure to global markets will give its delegates and exhibitors a holistic perspective and an opportunity to compare their landscapes, strategies, economies and industries with leading organizations, as it happens.

Where: Gulf Convention Center, Gulf Hotel Bahrain

When: March 24-26, 2020

Seamless E-Commerce

Bringing together entrepreneurs and innovators from across the entire e-commerce value chain. From storefront creation to digital marketing and from payment to fulfilment and delivery.

Seamless e-commerce is a catalyst for e-commerce growth across the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and South Asia.

Where: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE

When: March 25-26, 2020

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Middle East Social Media Festival

The Middle East Social Media Festival® is an annual social media marketing event. It is where the Middle East celebrates social media in an educative-festive way, merging between social media experts, business people & senior university students in the aim of providing ‘higher’ level of content and dialogue-based around social media for business, along with rewarding individuals and companies who are making great strides in the realm of social media marketing, through the Middle East Social Media Award®.

Where: Movenpick Hotel & Resort, Beirut, Lebanon

When: April 9-10, 2020

Saudi Franchise Expo

Saudi Franchise Expo targets one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030 Vision objectives - namely, developing the non-oil businesses sectors. The exhibition, also open doors to local brands looking into franchising regionally and internationally, providing the right consultancies and educational programs to support aspiring business owners.

Where: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: April 19-21, 2020

Arabian Travel Market

Arabian Travel Market is the market leading, international travel and tourism event unlocking business potential within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. Tourism destinations from around the world showcase a diverse range of accommodation options, breath taking tourism attractions, travel technology and key airline routes.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: April 19-22, 2020

Digital Saudi 2030 (Jeddah)

The 3rd Edition of the Digital Saudi 2030 Show in Jeddah hosted 150+ C-Level executives from top organizations in Jeddah and across Saudi Arabia, who came together to learn strategies through expert presentations and interactive discussions to harness the power of the new digital economy through a collaborative, relationship-based approach and to forge and “Unleash the Future of The Enterprise.” The next edition will take place in April 2020.

Where: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

When: April 2020

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Middle East Event Show

The Middle East Event Show (MEES) brings together the region’s events professionals, PR experts, suppliers, regulators and other stakeholders for an annual exhibition of latest events technologies, strategies, campaigns, ideas and more.

Where: Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

When: June 17-18, 2020

Saudi Event Show

The Saudi Event Show brings together the Kingdom’s events professionals, PR experts, suppliers, regulators and other stakeholders for an annual exhibition of latest events technologies, strategies, campaigns, ideas and more.

Where: Hall 3, Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, Saudi Arabia

When: September 16-17, 2020

Seamless North Africa 2020

By bringing together the brightest minds from across payments, fintech and banking, Seamless North Africa ignites new ideas and inspires the audience to think differently.

Where: Cairo, Egypt

When: September 20-21, 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences. It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. Discover a unique global platform to win investment, forge agreements and promote international cooperation at this global stage for business.

Where: Expo Road, Dubai South, Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE

When: October 20, 2020 - April 10, 2021

DigiMarCon Middle East 2020

Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DigiMarCon Middle East 2020’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.

Where: Hyatt Regency, Dubai, UAE

When: October 20-21, 2020

IDC CIO Summit 2020

From business transformation and technology project management to artificial intelligence and machine learning, the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2020 will explore a broad range of themes critical to the entire C-Suite.

Where: Ritz Carlton Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

When: October 21-22, 2020

Marketing & Sales Show Middle East

The region’s largest conference and exhibition for modern marketing and sales professionals across industries, who are hungry for innovation and change.

Where: Festival Arena, Dubai, UAE

When: November 24-25, 2020

Did I miss any great marketing & business events in the Middle East? Leave a comment below!

Middle East Events Calendar