Must-attend business events in the UAE

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Must-attend business events in the UAE
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As a hub for innovative conferences and summits, business events in the UAE attract a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals.

Equally important, these events provide invaluable networking experiences and insightful discussions. And they are an essential opportunity for staying up-to-date with the latest trends and opportunities.

So, mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in the world of business opportunities and challenges at these top business events in the UAE.

Future Hospitality Summit

September 25-27, 2023

Abu Dhabi

The three-day Future Hospitality Summit is an international platform for the world’s most influential hospitality investment decision-makers to connect, exchange knowledge and explore new partnerships.

Moreover, participants will get the chance to explore innovative investment trends and groundbreaking insights. Additionally, it gives them unparalleled networking opportunities in the world of hospitality.

Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC)

October 2-5, 2023

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center

One of the upcoming business events in the UAE is ADIPEC, the world’s largest gathering for energy industry professionals. It brings together over 2,200 companies from around the world, representing the entire energy ecosystem.

With 54 national and international oil companies, along with 30 international exhibiting country pavilions, ADIPEC unites diverse perspectives and ideas under a common goal. Consequently, it facilitates game-changing partnerships that will accelerate global decarbonization efforts.

In addition, ADIPEC will have specialized zones like decarbonization, smart manufacturing, and digitalization in the energy industry. These zones strengthen existing business partnerships.

Furthermore, over 1,500 ministers, CEOs, policymakers, and influencers will share strategic insights at nine conferences and 350 conference sessions.

DigiMarcon Middle East 2023

October 11-12, 2023


The 7th annual DigiMarcon is one of the most-awaited business events in the UAE. It brings together innovators, business leaders, and digital executives from top companies like Diageo, Amazon, Netflix, PwC, Shell, Unilever, Citi, Coca-Cola, and Samsung.

Again, at the two-day summit, attendees can access keynotes, case studies, and strategy sessions. They will learn digital marketing best practices, the latest trends, practical solutions, strategies, and networking opportunities.

Additionally, they can explore the next generation of technology and innovation, including Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech, and SaaS Technology.

Expand North Star Dubai

October 15-18, 2023

Dubai Harbor

Expand North Star Dubai 2023 is another GITEX co-located event worth participating in. It is hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event will present some of the world’s best startups from over 100 countries and welcome 1000 VCs to raise funds and scout for their portfolio. It will also deliver unprecedented content program debating the big stories of 2023 including a flash storm of generative Ai startups, and 70+ unicorn founders on stage give their opinions.

Future Blockchain Summit 2023

October 15-18, 2023

Dubai Harbor

This four-day event is designed to empower change-makers and inspire disruptors in the Web 3.0, blockchain, crypto, NFT, metaverse, and gaming communities. Attendees can also participate in the Supernova Challenge for growth funding and attend Academic Masterclasses.

Furthermore, alongside the main event, are three co-located events. Marketing Mania is designed for marketing professionals seeking the latest tech and strategies.

Meanwhile, the Fintech Surge is an opportunity for global fintech leaders to discover industry tech revolutions and strategies in the region.

What’s more, speakers will address various topics, such as digital fashion in the metaverse, policymaking, redefining marketing rules, and NFTs as the optimal currency.

SuperBridge Summit Dubai

October 16-17, 2023

Museum of the Future

Meanwhile, SuperBridge Summit Dubai aims to connect leaders of the fastest growing economies which outperform developed markets. The event welcomes investors, the business community and technology innovators to fast-track partnerships. In addition, it seeks to collaborate on transformational projects in Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

GITEX Global 2023

October 16-20, 2023

Dubai World Trade Centre

GITEX Global, the world’s biggest tech and startup event, is back for its 43rd edition. With a record-breaking edition in 2022 that attracted over 170,000 visitors and generated $698 mn in economic output, this event needs little introduction.

And this year, the show will feature companies like Huawei, Microsoft, ByteDance, e&, Binance, and Tencent, among others. They will unveil the latest technology products and solutions driving the global economy.

Meanwhile, experts from the business, government, and academic sectors will present case studies and discuss the latest trends.

Similarly, business leaders attending can connect with over 5,000 companies and 250 government entities. They will also gain insights from 11 conference tracks covering topics such as cybersecurity and edtech. AI will be a major focus this year, bringing together top tech inventors, researchers, and developers.

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World Investment Forum

October 16-20, 2023

Abu Dhabi

This year’s World Investment Forum will focus on addressing key investment challenges brought on by multiple global crises. These include the need to invest in food security, energy, health, supply chain resilience, and growth in the poorest countries.

Furthermore, over the course of five days, policymakers and stakeholders can seek solutions and reach consensus on climate finance and investment priorities. And more importantly, this biennial forum attracts more than 6,000 people, including heads of state and government, ministers, executives of global companies, and more.

Women Leaders Summit 2023

October 24-25, 2023


One of the annual business events in the UAE, this summit brings together accomplished women in senior-level positions. From CEOs to entrepreneurs, they come together to share their struggles, journeys, stories, and successes.

The summit offers an impressive lineup of speakers who will share their success stories and provide valuable networking opportunities.

World Finance Forum

November 8-9, 2023


Bringing together over 150 finance executives, the event spans two days and covers a wide range of topics, from evolving Chief Financial Officer (CFO) skill sets to the future of finance.

Significantly, with more than 20 insightful sessions, attendees can expect inspiring discussions. These sessions will cover a variety of topics, including maximizing digital transformation ROI and leading technology adoption for profitable growth.

Notable regional CFOs from Honeywell, Maersk, Fixos, Uber,, and Splash will be among the featured speakers at this influential business event in the UAE.

Fortune Global Forum 2023

November 27-29, 2023

Abu Dhabi

The 2023 Fortune Global Forum is one of the most highly anticipated business events in the UAE. It will be held in Abu Dhabi later this year. It marks the first time this forum is taking place in the MENA region.

Furthermore, with the theme “A New Era for Business”, the three-day event will address global agendas such as market dynamics, trade, and emerging technologies. Likewise, issues on talent, workplace shifts, climate risk, and consumer trends will be discussed.

Prominent participants from previous forums include former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Likewise, there were also CEOs of renowned companies like J.P. Morgan Chase, IBM, Alibaba, FedEx, and more.

Middle East Family Office Investment Summit

December 5-6, 2023

Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai

This event is expected to gather more than 1,000 family offices from five regions. And, alongside these participants, will be hundreds of service providers and around 600 speakers.

In addition, two-day event will feature discussions on the latest topics impacting family businesses. Distinguished speakers from prominent family businesses have graced previous editions of this event.

COP 28 UN Climate Change Conference

November 30-December 12, 2023

Expo City, Dubai

The conference will be a momentous occasion as it inaugurates the Global Stocktake (GST). It is a comprehensive evaluation of progress made since the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

Likewise, GST will play a critical role in aligning global efforts on climate action and identifying necessary measures to bridge any gaps in progress.

Furthermore, it is expected to gather over 70,000 participants.  They include heads of state, government officials, industry leaders, academics, and representatives from civil society organizations.

Throughout the two-week event, attendees can expect formal negotiations, panel discussions, speaking events, and cultural activities.

Looking ahead

These business events in the UAE provide excellent networking opportunities, insightful discussions, and the chance to stay updated on the latest industry trends.

Most importantly, make sure to mark your calendars for the ones that are of interest to you!

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