Once a small pearl trading center in the desert, the UAE has come a long way to become the up and coming startup hub in the Middle East and home to the top tech and business events in the region. Global corporations, budding entrepreneurs, and regional investors are establishing their presence in this emerging startup ecosystem.
Since talent demands access to information, one way to nurture and develop industries is by being a central hub for events focused on knowledge exchange and collaboration. So it’s not coincidental that every year, more and more technology-related conferences, hackathons, boot camps, and meetups take place.
Aside from the networking benefits, one can gain useful business strategies and industry insights when attending events. Events can unlock new opportunities to showcase your products or services. In this innovative space, developments are happening at a rapid pace.
Depending on your status, there will always be an event right up your alley. So here’s a low-down of top tech and business events you should not miss this year across the Emirates (in alphabetical order).
Achieving Women Forum / TBA
Entrepreneur Middle East’s Achieving Women Forum is an annual conference focusing on women in the Middle East’s business arena, which sees the region’s most prominent female industry figures come together to share their insights with the attendees of this half-day event.
AIM Startup / 9-11 April 2018
AIM Startup was launched in 2017 as an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy to connect promising startups with investors and business partners from other parts of the world— set in the heart of the UAE’s Annual Investment Meeting.
Angel Rising / 24 March 2018
Angel Rising is an annual symposium organized by startAD and VentureSouq that provides educational sessions on key topics related to Angel Investing to individuals from the region who have expressed an interest in investing in startups.
AngelHack Dubai / TBA
AngelHack brings together developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to compete to build, test and launch new solutions over the course of a weekend.
Arabian Business Digital Forum / TBA
Arabian Business Digital Forum brings together top industry influencers and leading entrepreneurs to discuss and debate the blueprint for a digital future.
ArabNet Digital Summit / 30 April – 01 May 2018
The ArabNet Digital Summit is the region’s most influential conference on digital business and entrepreneurship, highlighting the technologies and trends disrupting traditional sectors and transforming business operations.
DTEC Entrepreneur Day / TBA
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority’s DTEC Entrepreneur Day is an annual gathering uniting the MENA entrepreneurial community for two days of speaker and panel sessions, workshops, networking events, exhibitions and activations and an annual pitch competition offering cash prizes and free company setup.
Dubai Lynx / 11-14 March 2018
Dubai Lynx is all about showing off the MENA region’s incredible creative output. It’s a four-day event that brings together top creatives, the world’s best brands, fledgling startups and everyone in between to learn, network and celebrate creative excellence in communications.
Enterprise Agility Forum / TBA
Entrepreneur Middle East’s Enterprise Agility Forum is an annual conference staged under the Industry Intel banner, which focuses on sharing insights and expertise on the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Middle East region.
FinTech Abu Dhabi / TBA
Under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, FinTech Abu Dhabi connects global and local financial institutions, FinTech startups, investors, regulators and the business community, creating a network of top professionals that thrives on knowledge exchange and who together are important participants in ensuring a thriving FinTech hub.
GITEX Technology Week / 14-17 October 2018
GITEX (“Gulf Information Technology Exhibition”) along with Gitex Future Stars is a game-changing, must-attend event of global repute. This mammoth 5-day event is where the tech glitterati converges to showcase and experience the world’s most advanced technology and drive digital transformation.
Global Women In Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum / 14-15 November 2018
Naseba’s Global Women In Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum brings together over 500 global business leaders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, artists and youth to champion diversity as the cornerstone of sustainable economic development.
Seamless Middle East / 15-16 April 2018
Seamless Middle East is a dynamic summit and large-scale exhibition bringing together the converging worlds of e-commerce, retail, and payments.
Seaside Startup Summit UAE / 8-12 February 2018
Seaside Startup Summit UAE is a non-formal startup event organized in a form of a tent camp, initially held in 2016 at the shore of Lake Sevan, Armenia, now expanded in the UAE in Ras Al Khaimah. The aim of the Summit is to create a new platform for the cooperation of the startups and investors across all over the globe.
Seedstars World / TBA
Seedstars World promotes, connects and invests up to $1 Million in emerging market startups through its exclusive startup competition in over 60+ countries. A regional qualifying pitching competition is held in Dubai.
Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival / TBA
Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (Sharjah EF) is the largest entrepreneurship festival in Sharjah that brings together the best and brightest of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the hustlers who stay awake every night to turn dreams into reality, so we can celebrate the power of entrepreneurship and inspire further innovation.
SME Beyond Borders Dubai / TBA
SME Beyond Borders Dubai, the biggest SME conference in the Middle East, is a full-day event where speakers and attendees can benefit from the plenty of networking opportunities posed.
SME World Summit / 4 April 2018
SME World Summit is the region’s biggest entrepreneurship conference which attracts 2500 business magnates, entrepreneurs, and senior decision makers. It boasts of a powerful agenda and a 5-star experience.
Startup Weekend Dubai / 25-27 January 2018
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. In the UAE, it is happening in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Ras Al Khaimah.
STEP Conference / 28-29 March 2018
STEP Conference is the largest interactive gathering in MENA that brings thousands of entrepreneurs, investors and tech and media enthusiasts together with companies from the worlds of technology and entertainment for two days of talks, exhibitions, and more.
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