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Must-attend 2020 digital events in the Middle East


Whether you are a new kid in the business world or already well into your professional career in the digital industry, here are some events in 2020 within the Middle East that you shouldn’t miss. They will help you network, form partnerships, get industry insights, gain knowledge about latest trends in the market, discover new tools and solutions and more.



Positioned to be the year's most empowering AI summit, AI Everything will feature free workshops, keynotes and industry conferences. The 2020 theme is 'Unifying Purpose for Global Impact'., 7 time Grammy Award winning Hip Hop artist, Creative Innovator and Tech Entrepreneur will be a keynote speaker. Global tech experts and business influencers will share the impact of AI on industry, economy, culture and society.

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre

When: 10-11 March 2020


DigiMarCon: Digital Marketing Conference

Do you wish to reinforce customer loyalty, drive strong customer engagement, increase sales, or improve lead generation? At the 2020 DigiMarCon Middle East conference, attendees will get the chance to enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.

Where: Hyatt Regency, Dubai, UAE

When: 20-21 October 2020

Local Digital Middle East

A day-long event aiming at maximizing opportunity to digitally enable organisations in the MENA region. Local businesses interested in developing their digital marketing capabilities businesses should attend this event. Sessions in this event would include exploring the region's digital marketing efforts, commerce and back-office ecosystem. Some of the speakers include Selina Bieber, GoDaddy's Senior Regional Director; Nexa's MD, Andrew Thomas; Khaleej Times' Head of Digital, Sohail Nawaz, to name a few. This event is open to agencies, digital solutions providers, digital marketing professionals, fintechs, martechs, government business incubators, media publishers, and more.   

Where: Google office, Dubai, UAE

When: 4 February 2020


The IDC CIO Summit 2020

From AI to 5G, Robotics to Cyber Security, IoT to Cloud, business transformation and technology project management, the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2020 will explore a broad range of themes critical to the entire C-Suite. IDC analysts and respected industry thought leaders provide you with the strategic guidance required to transform your organization from 'digitally distraught' to 'digitally determined'. Some of the speakers include Luke Williams (Professor of Innovation and Design NYU Stern School of Business), Mahmoud El Kordy (IBM's Business Unit Director – Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan), Anil Titus (Commvault's Regional Manager - Sales and Engineering), to name a few.

Where: Hilton Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, UAE

When: 26-27 February 2020


UX Design Bootcamps

In this 5-day bootcamp with course objectives to overcome, students will learn the tools and techniques to design useful, functional and pleasurable products. With a balance of both theoretical and practical knowledge, students will be given a project to work on. These bootcamps are an initiative of Digital of Things, founded by Sudipt Shah and Brooke Cowling.

Where: Novotel, Al Barsha, Dubai, UAE

When: 1-5 March 2020

Digital Marketing Summit

Well into 2020, most businesses realize a huge shift in the digital marketing practices which cannot be ignored any longer. With new trends and strategies being adopted by businesses in this high-tech era, this event will be covered by 7 speakers, talking about 7 topics giving you an overview of the digital marketing efforts (SEO, Social Media, PPC, content marketing and more) in the region. This summit will feature speakers from Hitachi Vantara, Randstad, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, to name a few.

Where: Hilton Dubai Creek, Dubai, UAE

When: 13 February 2020


International Conference on Data Science and Machine Learning

The 6th edition of the International Conference on Data Science and Machine Learning Applications is aimed to gather researchers and Applications developers from a wide range of Data Science related areas such as data analytics, computational intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, pattern recognition, databases, Big Data and Visualization. Click here to see the full programme details.

Where: Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When: 4-5 March 2020

Digital Saudi 2030

Positioned as 'the leading digital transformation event in the Kingdom', the 4th edition of the Digital Saudi 2030 hosts 150+ C-level executives from top corporations in Jeddah and Saudi Arabia who come together to learn strategies through presentations and interactive discussions. This event is aimed at CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CTOs, CFOs, CHROs and other Executive-level professionals. There will be interactive networking opportunities, digital labs, futuristic speakers and an exhibition lounge.

Where: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

When: April 2020


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