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2020 Tech industry events in the Middle East


With the world now technologically advanced, introduction of Artificial Intelligence and automation in businesses have become a competing factor. Organizations globally are digitizing their practices and processes for ease of use and quality output. If you work in the tech industry in the Middle East, here are some of the events you can attend for knowledge sharing, business collaboration, networking and more.    

Middle East STEP Conference

STEP started out as a series of gatherings and workshops, and 8 years later, it has grown to become the largest tech festival in the Middle East. With 4 conferences, more than 250 start-ups showcasing, and 8000+ attendees over two days, STEP is home to the best entrepreneurs, creatives, and digital enthusiasts. It positions itself as the leading tech conference for emerging markets.

Where: Dubai Internet City, Dubai, UAE

When: 11-12 February 2020


STEP Saudi 2020, Riyadh

This year's STEP conference in Riyadh has 4 tracks: Step Start, Step Digital, Step X and Step Money. More than 8000 attendees, 400 startups and over 100 companies are expected to participate. Some of the previous speakers include professionals from MISK Foundation, Microsoft, Saudi Payments, Mindshare KSA, to name a few. Some of the highlights of this conference include events, workshops, talks, meetups and exhibits covering the digital media, fintech and future tech space.

Where: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: 24 March 2020


9th Middle East Business and IT Resilience Summit

The 9th Middle East Business & IT Resilience Summit 2020 seeks to bring together in Dubai It aims to gather the best global and regional minds in Business & IT Resilience. Sessions will include proactive discussion of new thoughts, ideas, and solutions to manage all stages of the BCM implementation lifecycle, including not just Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery, but also Crisis Management and Emergency Response, Safety, Information Security and Security.

Where: The Address Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE

When: 12 March 2020


2nd KSA Business & IT Resilience Summit

A local adaptation of the Middle East summit, the Saudi edition aims to directly supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. The theme of this year's summit is 'Leadership through Resilience' highlighting how BCM and IT Resilience can become revenue-generating, enhance confidence, brand value and market share, as well as protect an organization's reputation.

Where: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: 26 March 2020

Gartner IT Symposium | Xpo

Gartner IT Symposium provides you with the tools and practical advice needed to deliver a winning strategy as well as data-driven insights. Discover refreshing and imaginative approaches that will change the way innovative CIOs and IT executives think about digital leadership, business strategy, information and technology. There will be talks across 3 tracks: Business Strategy, Leadership and Technology & Information. Some of the topics that will be covered include finding talent in the digital talent ecosystem, roundtable for women in IT, what top innovators do and improving digital workspace adoption, to name a few.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: 2-4 March 2020

Bahrain International Technology Exhibition

On a global level, BITEX allows companies to exhibit their offerings through AI and gives them an opportunity to compare their strategies, landscapes, industries and economies with leading corporations.

Where: Gulf Convention Center, Gulf Hotel, Bahrain

When: 24 - 26 March 2020


A two-day technology event that brings together industry specialists, market leaders, developers, designers, technology providers, marketers and innovators looking to set the pace in this advanced world of technology. A great technology expo to educate, inform or collaborate with top professionals in the market.

Where: Hyatt Regency Dubai, Dubai, UAE

When: 20 - 21 October 2020

GISEC 2020

GISEC is a show not one to miss for the cybersecurity specialists or those new to the industry. It is one of the most impactful shows which is directed by a powerful Advisory Board of senior end-users from Dubai Electronic Security Centre, Dubai Police, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Smart Dubai, Investment Corporation of Dubai, Adnoc Refining, aeCERT and Spire Solutions. It usually attracts decision makers from over 200 government departments and CIOs, CTOs and CISOs from leading organizations globally and within the Middle East. New in 2020 will be the KSA Stage to drive focus on the Saudi security market.  

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE

When: 6 - 8 April 2020

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