Your Guide to Must-Attend Conferences and Exhibitions in Dubai

September 28, 2017
Dubai has been reputed as a global business hub according to the 2015 Hub Report. As seen over the last decades, Dubai experienced a rapid growth in the financial, business, trading sector, and tourism activity. In addition, because of the city’s strategic location between East and West, it has emerged as the economic center in the Middle East filled with international and local conferences, exhibitions, and forums. Countless of business events are held every year in the city, ranging from different disciplines such as technology, management, and marketing. Among those conferences, here is the list of the top 7 conferences in its particular industry based on the event’s reputation and positive feedback.
GITEX Technology Week
Industry: Technology, IT
GITEX Technology Week features the latest in technology, innovative ideas, and digital transformation to IT professionals, students, traders, and general consumers. Experience and learn more about the global trends in the IT industry through conferences and innovation workshops available throughout the event.
World Workplace Forum Middle East
Industry: Facility Management 
World Workplace Forum is an interactive learning and networking platform for international delegation of senior professionals, experts, and key decision makers in the Facility Management industry. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) hosted the 2017 forum for the first time in the Middle East. The forum consisted of panel discussions about the best practices worldwide that can have a beneficial impact in this region’s FM industry. The focus is set in finding innovative and achievable solutions to common FM challenges, and asset management practices.
Industry: Community and Association Management
MEAMCON is the first conference in the Middle East specifically targeted to Association and Community Managers. This conference is an ideal platform to provide opportunities to build connections and grow professional network, learn practical insights from international speakers and industry experts within the region’s community and association management industry.
Social Media Summit
Industry: Marketing 
As social media is continuously growing in popularity and now has become an essential tool for businesses, the Social Media Summit brings together social media influencers and professionals to discuss new ideas and strategic approaches of social media marketing. This has provided a platform for international guest speakers to share their knowledge, attendees to participate in discussions and learn about case studies of key brands.
The Big 5
Industry: Construction 
The Big 5 is the largest global construction exhibition in the Middle East. Live product demonstrations ranges from MEP services and special construction to smart building and design technologies. There will be series of workshops aimed to discuss the latest developments, best practices, and materials in the construction industry. This will also include activities such as The Big 5 talks, Excellence in Construction Summit, and Gaia Awards. Co-located with The Big 5, a new feature for the 2017 event is The Big 5 Solar and Global Solar Leaders’ Summit. This will educate attendees with real case studies, innovations and technology, industry trends, among many others in the solar power community.
BeautyWorld Middle East
Industry: Beauty, Wellness and Spa 
Beautyworld Middle East is an international premier trading and exhibition for the beauty industry. Range of products from various brands will be available in the exhibition includes skin, hair and nail care products, fragrances, styling accessories to packaging. Buyers, retailers, distributers, and cosmetologists alike can identify opportunities and discover new insights. Experts will conduct workshops, conferences, competitions to get the latest insights in the beauty industry.
SME World Summit
Industry: Small Medium Enterprises
SME World Summit is a knowledge sharing entrepreneurial conference that aimed to discuss the challenges of Small Medium Enterprises in the changing world of business, finance and technology. The high profile entrepreneurs, senior decision makers, investors, and C-level executives are invited to take part of this event. This will include engaging panel discussions by international speakers and experts. The topics include corporate culture, challenges in SME finance, branding, strategies and entrepreneurship development.
Dubai is truly an emerging global business hub, where like-minded peers can gain new opportunities and insights in their particular industry.