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

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

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

Download a free calendar of 60+ Middle East events

Why attend marketing & business events?

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.

  • 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!

Download a calendar of more than 60 Middle East events for free!

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

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

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UPDATED 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: June 16-18, 2020

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

FINTEX Middle East

Bringing together more than 300 industry leaders from 15+ MENA countries, this prestigious event presents the very latest in banking & FinTech innovation – everything from API platforms to cloud computing; data analytics to artificial intelligence; cyber security to blockchain; and payments to biometrics.

Where: ART Rotana, Bahrain

When: June 24-25, 2020

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UPDATED: 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: June 28- July 1, 2020

Future Blockchain Summit

Hosted by Smart Dubai and Dubai World Trade Centre, Future Blockchain Summit was established to work with global governments, enterprises, startups, education institutions and individuals to move the UAE and the world into full scale blockchain adoption.

This year’s summit will include topics such as transport and supply chain, healthcare, finance, government, energy, and more.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: Sept 2-3, 2020


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: cancelled for 2020

UDPATED Seamless E-Commerce Middle East 2020

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 World Trade Center, UAE

When: Sept 8-9, 2020

UDPATED: 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 14-15, 2020

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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

UDPATED: Finnovex Middle East 2020

Finnovex Middle East will discuss the roles of banking and non-banking institutions, financial organizations, investment firms, fintech companies, and other stakeholders in developing incentives to the paradigm shift in this sector.

Where: Conrad Hotel, Dubai, UAE

When: Sept 22-23, 2020

UDPATED: OPEX Week Middle East

Returning in October 2020, the OPEX Week Middle East: Business Transformation Leaders Summit will once again gather the region’s leading organisations to explore topics ranging from digitising business processes, robotics, customer-centric process innovation, data-driven operational excellence and more.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: Oct 11-13, 2020

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UDPATED: Top CEO Middle East

Top CEO is a prestigious conference & awards ceremony first launched in 2015 by Dubai-based media company Mediaquest. Every year, Top CEO brings together leaders from the GCC's Top 100 listed companies, providing them with deep, actionable insights around key topics, fostering synergies between stakeholders and unlocking value across its ecosystem.

Where: Bahrain

When: Oct 14, 2020

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: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: Oct 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

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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

TechSpo 2020

TECHSPO Dubai is a 2-day technology expo that aims to bring together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology.

Where: Hyatt Regency, Dubai, UAE

When: October 20-21, 2020

UPDATED E-Pay Summit 2020

Bahrain has made considerable efforts to diversify its economy and established itself as a leading regional financial centre. Steady economic growth, a rise in the banked population, and improvements in payment infrastructure are resulting in the growing popularity of electronic payments in Bahrain.

​​​​​​​​​​​​EPAY SUMMiT offers opportunities to both commercial and non-commercial organisations to showcase their products and services.

Where: Gulf Convention Center, Bahrain

When: October 21-22, 2020

UPDATED: 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 26-27, 2020

2020 G20 Riyadh Summit

The Group of Twenty, or the G20, is the premier forum for international economic cooperation. The G20 brings together the leaders of both developed and developing countries from every continent. ​

Collectively, G20 members represent around 80% of the world’s economic output, two-thirds of global population and three-quarters of international trade. Throughout the year, representatives from G20 countries gather to discuss financial and socioeconomic issues.​

Where: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: November 21-22, 2020

UDPATED: 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 23-24, 2020

UDPATED: Customer Experience (CX) Week Middle East

#CXSHOWME will address overcoming churn reduction, enhancing satisfaction and increasing conversion effectiveness through - Customer First Culture, AI and Automation, Customer Analytics & Insights, Omni-Channel Experiences, Brand Experiences and much more!

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: November 23-25, 2020

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

Middle East Events Calendar