Top digital marketing events in the Middle East

Top digital marketing events in the Middle East

Looking to gain more knowledge about new trends and insights in the industry? Look no further than this comprehensive guide.

Whether you’re the new kid on the digital marketing 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 digital marketing events?

There’s more than one answer I can give to this question. And I might even miss a few because attending digital marketing events can really pay off on multiple levels.

For instance, you can:

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

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

  • Showcase your company’s unique offering in the digital marketing space through sponsorship/exhibiting

  • Share niche digital marketing expertise through a keynote or panel discussion

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

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

  • Spend face-to-face time with clients or prospects if you’re on the lead generation side of a business

  • Build your own brand name by giving a talk or simply putting yourself out there during networking or break-out sessions

  • Assess whether the digital marketing industry is for you - does it pique your interest? Does it excite you? These are the crucial moments that can help you make a judgement as you’ll get to see all the industry has to offer at various levels and across various sectors. It can be hard to judge that at a desk (where you will inevitably find yourself in your career journey)

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Your ultimate guide to digital marketing events in the Middle East

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

CMO and Future of Marketing Week Middle East

Hear and learn from global marketing strategists, agencies, corporations, councils, influencers, and martech organisations at this 2-day conference that explores strategies and technologies to connect and attract the ever evolving customer. Be sure to catch our CMO's keynote on driving marketing impact with Data & AI taking place on Sept 23rd at 10:30 AM. Also, stop by our booth to find out more about what we do and how we can help you boost your brand impact!

Where: Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai, UAE

When: Sept 23-25, 2019

Saudi Emerging Technologies Forum

This forum promises attendees the chance to understand global tech trends and how they will power smart cities as well as expertise on deoplument of IOT and cross-sector implementation of automation systems. It will be the largest R&D technology event in the region, gathering 3000+ government officials, C-suite executives from the private sector as well as top tech industry players.

Where: Burj Rafal Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: Nov 11-13 2019

Marketing & Sales Show Middle East

The Marketing & Sales Show is the platform for the entire marketing and sales ecosystem to debate, discuss and develop ideas. The event entails 6 co-located shows covering: Marketing Tech, B2B Marketing, B2C Marketing, Sales Innovation & Strategy, SME University & a CMO Summit.

Where: Festival Arena, Dubai, UAE

When: Nov 26-27 2019

PRCA MENA Digital Conference

Bringing together communicators from across the MENA region to examine cultural nuances, varying psychologies, digital platforms and strategies. Learn from award winning campaign success stories about the most important cultural nuances, tools and trends for reaching audiences in particular countries and regions across the vast content of MENA and the GCC.

Catch our Talkwalker keynote at the conference where we will discuss 2020 social media trends and how you can leverage them to stay ahead of the curve.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: December 5, 2019


Rise Up Summit

RiseUp Summit is an annual entrepreneurship and innovation event that takes place in Downtown Cairo, Egypt. It is currently one of the region's most highly regarded gatherings for entrepeneurs. The aim of the 3-day summit is bring the MENA region's entrepreneurship ecosystem together.

Where: Downtown Cairo, Egypt

When: Dec 7-9, 2019

Arabnet Riyadh

In it’s 9th edition, Arabnet Riyadh is bringing two conferences under one roof for the second year in a row!

For the second consecutive year, Arabnet will feature two events under one roof: Arabnet Riyadh for 2,000+ corporate executives and senior government leaders, and Inspire Saudi for 4,000+ entrepreneurs, youth and students, including initiatives and dedicated activities to inspire and educate.

Where: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: Dec 10-11, 2019

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 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

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

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 2020

Forbes Middle East Digital Trends

Forbes Middle East aims to create a platform for the region’s leaders through their event to delve into the technological innovations and challenges changing the game for their businesses.

This event is by invitation only and it is for CEOs and CIOs specifically.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: 2020 TBA


The first ever conference to be held in the Gulf by the International Association of Business Communicators, the world’s largest network of communication professionals, this two-day event aims to provide the region’s communicators with the insights, know-how and tools they need to help their organizations achieve strategic transformation through communications, be it external or internal.

Where: Manama, Bahrain

When: 2020 dates TBA


Digitalks, is the first digitally-focused conference series that convenes the brightest minds and digital experts from across the Middle East. The conference aims at bringing together a wide variety of industry experts from innovators, business leaders, and digital experts to address the next wave of the digital revolution.

Where: UAE

When: 2020 dates TBA

In2 Innovation Summit MENA

The Holmes Report’s In2 Innovation Summit is a global network of events that explore the innovation and disruption that continue to redefine influence and engagement.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: 2020 dates TBA

Start Up MGZN Evenings

Startup MGZN is produced in the Kingdom of Bahrain by Matter In Hand, a digital agency focused on digital publishing and marketing. They put together a regular series of networking events to bring the community together and share insights and best practices

Where: Bahrain

When: ongoing series

TIE Dubai Summit

TiE Dubai Summit is the Middle East’s premier entrepreneurship event, it brings insight and motivation from the brightest minds striving in business across the world.The summit built under the theme STRIVE is focused to preserve a cohesive society proud of its identity and sense of belonging as envisaged in UAE Vision 2021. The summit also aims to encourage people to strive and foster entrepreneurial excellence, innovations, positive change, and human dreams.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: 2020 dates TBA

Arabnet Kuwait

ArabNet's conferences are widely recognized as the largest digital gatherings in the MENA region, with a track record of bringing globally-renowned speakers to discuss the latest topics in the field, as well as successfully connecting entrepreneurs and startups with funding and incubation.

Where: Kuwait

When: 2020 dates TBA

ArabNet Beirut

ArabNet's conferences are widely recognized as the largest digital gatherings in the MENA region, with a track record of bringing globally-renowned speakers to discuss the latest topics in the field, as well as successfully connecting entrepreneurs and startups with funding and incubation. ArabNet Beirut is the longest running digital event in the Middle East.

Where: Beirut, Lebanon

When: 2020 dates TBA

Narrative PR Summit

The Narrative PR Summit is the first conference of its kind to take place in Egypt; a conference created by Egyptians for Egyptians, with real case studies and an in-depth understanding of the market provided by the industries key experts and opinion leaders.

Where: Egypt

When: 2020 dates TBA

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

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