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April & May ’23: Upcoming Events

Middle East Rail exhibition

April will be a very quiet month for exhibitions as the region observes Ramadan. May, by contrast, is a very different story. With 23 exhibitions at DWTC, ADNEC, and Expo Centre Sharjah, it’s a great time of year to explore new opportunities.


26 – 28 April at DWTC

The region’s leading student recruitment event, The Global Education & Training Exhibition (GETEX) enables education providers to raise their profile and enroll new students.

Launched in 1984, GETEX attracts more than 25,000 local and expatriate students who are actively looking for higher education, professional development and training options.

For 2023, features include the Counsellors Forum, open to heads of exhibiting universities, schools and education regulators. The Gulf Education Agents Meeting also offers an opportunity for regional and international universities to cultivate positive relationships with education agents in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the Education Leaders Networking Evening offers a chance to shape public-private partnerships and engage with academic professionals, thought-leaders and education innovators.

The three-day event includes more than 20 live seminars, giving educators a window to engage with students and their parents, and answer questions directly.

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29 – 30 April at ADNEC

Meet Abu Dhabi’s Top Schools & Nurseries
The School & Nursery Show is packed with an amazing line-up of schools & nurseries, giving parents a unique opportunity to get all their education questions answered under one roof.

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1 – 3 May at DWTC

International Apparel & Textile Fair (IATF) is the UAE’s premier platform to source fabrics, garments, handbags, footwear and clothing accessories.

The event features an interactive speakers’ forum and a diverse array of exhibits and collections from global mills and manufacturers – all looking to showcase their products to the most influential buyers and designers in the UAE and beyond.

IATF connects exhibitors with new and established retailers and wholesalers, helping all attendees to build a strong brand identity and ultimately to drive sales.

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1 – 4 May at DWTC

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the region’s leading global event for the inbound and outbound travel sector. For the last 29 years, it has connected international products and destinations with buyers and travel trade visitors.

For 2023, ATM’s main focus will be ‘Working Towards Net Zero’ and organiser, Reed Exhibitions, will unveil its own dedicated sustainability pledge. This not only aims to make ATM 2023 greener, but to achieve 30 long-term sustainability goals.

Attendees will be invited to help map the industry’s future and explore new trends and opportunities for growth, innovation and effective recovery. Reigniting the travel industry remains a driving force for ATM, as the post-Covid world continues to take shape.

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3 – 14 May at Expo Centre Sharjah

SCRF aims to enrich children’s imaginations and present opportunities for them to make life-long friends through reading.

It’s more than a festival – it’s an ecstatic celebration that goes beyond one age group, enriching the whole family whilst instilling a love of reading in the youngest of children.

The festival returns each year under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and the patronage of his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in the Emirate of Sharjah.

The festiva aims become the biggest children’s book fair in the region and attract massive participation from visitors or commercial entities.

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5 – 6 May at DWTC

The first and only international exhibition of its kind in the MENA region, Pet World Arabia is an essential platform for pet-related businesses to promote their products and services. It’s also a fun and entertaining event for pet-loving consumers.

The trade show attracts a diverse range of industry players, including international pet distributors, wholesalers, dealers, traders, retailers and manufacturers. Products encompass accessories, food, veterinary equipment, medicine and new technologies.

The range caters to all types of pet from the popular to the unusual. As such, the event offers the ideal mix for breeders, food suppliers, veterinary experts, pet grooming and salon operators, insurance companies, pet trainers and logistics players such as importers and relocation experts.

The two-day show will also be open to the general public at scheduled timings. Visitors will be able to watch live events such as indoor falcon displays, dog shows and cat shows.

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5 – 7 May at DWTC

The International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies (ICOPLAST) offers a platform for surgeons and clinicians from around the world to present their work and discuss the latest advances in the field of plastic surgery.

The event’s aim is to educate, communicate, advocate and advance this specialty globally, in order to benefit both patients and practitioners, as well as the overall profession.
ICOPLAST seeks to progress reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery training and patient care, in a conducive learning environment.

For 2023, the three-day congress will feature more than 60 associations and countries, bringing together the global plastic surgery community, from surgeons to care providers alike.

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8 – 10 May at ADNEC

Hosted by TAQA and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalid Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The World Utilities Congress will convene the global power and water industry to converge and discuss trends and technologies impacting future power and water demand.

The focus will be on the proactive measures for decarbonisation, curbing carbon emissions and attracting the long-term capital investment needed for a sustainable future.

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9 – 11 May at DWTC

A trio of co-located events, the Airport Show incorporates the ATC Forum, Airport Security Middle East and the Global Airport Leaders’ Forum.

This 22nd edition will create business opportunities between the world’s leading airport suppliers and service providers, and regional airport decision-makers.

In a sector where transformation is strongly tech-driven, the show offers a vital platform to showcase leading innovations in airport sustainability, digitisation and urban air mobility. From biometric airport products to advanced security, air traffic management and ground handling solutions, the Airport Show plays a key role in driving sustainable and collaborative airport infrastructure development and operational transformations.

Attendees can also take part in the Business Connect Programme and enjoy exclusive business matchmaking services before, during and after the show.

Taking the aviation agenda further, industry experts will discuss a variety of important topics at the Global Airport Leaders’ Forum, helping to spark debate and effect meaningful change.

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15 – 16 May at ADNEC

The region’s most important roads, traffic and motorway infrastructure event.

The Roads and Traffic Expo ME is intentionally designed to inspire and encourage knowledge exchange and to showcase disruptive solution providers who promise world-class excellence and infrastructure delivery.

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15 – 16 May at ADNEC

The largest rail conference and expo in the Middle East and North Africa, hosted by Etihad Rail.

It is the only rail event to be run in partnership with the UAE government, hosting more regional and international government representatives than any other rail show.

Middle East Rail is the unrivalled platform for the region’s railways industry to come together, to learn, to network and to do business.

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15 – 16 May at ADNEC

This year’s exhibition sees over 300 exhibitors join from across the globe, bringing you cutting edge products and solutions from the entire transport ecosystem. See world leading brands such as Alstom, Siemens, Audi and many more display the latest innovative technology on the exhibition floor.

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15 – 17 May at Expo Centre Sharjah

The event for chefs, bakers and cooks.

ExpoCulinaire is the only dedicated event in the UAE for Chefs, Pastry Chefs, Bakers, Cooks, Students and Professionals from the HoReCa sector. This event showcases food, drink, ingredients, equipment, services, skills and education.

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16 – 18 May at ADNEC

The IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) is the most important annual event of the industry.

It brings together industry’s leaders from airlines, airports, ground service providers to manufacturers.

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16 – 18 May at DWTC

Integrate Middle East is the premier forum and sourcing platform for the global professional AV & Media Technology community, connecting technology leaders with integrated solution buyers from the intersecting worlds of Education, Media, Entertainment, Hospitality, Retail and Communication.

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16 – 18 May at DWTC

CABSAT is the Middle East and Africa’s leading platform for content, broadcast, satellite, media and entertainment industry professionals.

CABSAT 2023 will provide a valuable opportunity to experience the latest technologies, innovations and strategies for these industries, giving visitors the opportunity to hear from international experts. Attendees will include content creators, producers, broadcast technology providers, satellite distribution and content delivery companies.

CABSAT’S conference agenda contains numerous key threads, including the SatExpo Summit, Content Congress, Satexpo Summit, CABSAT Saudi Program, the Next Up Startup track, Nextgen Content and the Digital Hub.

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16 – 18 May at DWTC

Paper Arabia is the Middle East’s longest-running and largest B2B paper event. Since 2007 it has set the benchmark in bringing together the leading paper, tissue and paperboard manufacturing players all under one roof.

For 2023, the show has been reinvented to reflect the industry’s significant evolution over the last few years. This includes highlighting the new products and innovative processes that are focused on more sustainable, health-centric and eco-friendly business propositions.

Exhibitors span all major sub sectors, including paper chemicals, and converters such as cutters, blades, and coating and corrugator machines. Visitors, meanwhile, comprise key decision makers from advertising companies, chemical manufacturers, government agencies and more.

Paper Arabia is the perfect forum to build sustainable business relationships. Here, buyers, sellers and industry representatives are perfectly poised to make new contacts, strike deals and exchange vital industry knowledge.

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16 – 18 May at DWTC

Returning after two years, Seatrade Maritime & Logistics Middle East is the region’s leading marketplace for maritime and logistics buyers.

The event connects ship owners, shipyards, port operators, government representatives and industry professionals with a high-quality conference agenda and exhibition of maritime supplies, services and solutions.

Offering the latest tech and innovations that enhance efficiency, the exhibition is the industry arena for sourcing the very best suppliers.

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22 – 28 May at ADNEC

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is the bedrock of the publishing industry across the Middle East and North Africa.

The 32nd edition of ADIBF will be held from 22 to 28 May 2022 at Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Center. The Fair looks forward to stepping up its competitiveness, consolidating its regional position and enhancing its global presence through excellence in providing professional and cultural content. It also seeks to combine the regional publishing sectors and creative industries and encourage endeavors to support industries that contribute to enhance readable, visual, audio and interactive culture, thus consolidating Abu Dhabi’s position as a hub for Arab publishing and global creative content.

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23 – 24 May at DWTC

For 23 years, Seamless Middle East has been a meeting place for the brightest minds across the payments, fintech, banking, retail, e-commerce, cards and identity industries.

The show comprises nine co-located events, covering every vertical that benefits from these industries: Seamless Payments, Seamless Fintech, Seamless Banking, Seamless Identity, Seamless Cards, Seamless Retail, Seamless e-Commerce, Seamless Home Delivery and Seamless Digital Marketing.

The multi-brand, free-to-attend exhibition will host more than 500 exhibitors and their cutting-edge products and services. The region’s most innovative startups will also attend this vital industry platform.

In tandem, a two-day conference with more than 500 global speakers will cover the latest trends, market disruptions and technologies shaping the payments, fintech, retail and e-commerce world.

The show will also provide a dedicated networking lounge, guest buyer programme and networking app.

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23 – 24 May at DWTC

This exhibition and summit is the Middle East’s leading event for the adoption of precision medicine solutions – a development reshaping healthcare towards a more targeted and precise approach.

Delegates will hear valuable insights into the ways biomarkers, targeted therapies, patient health data integration and scientific advances are transforming human health.

They can discover the latest advances in personalised solutions across genomics and targeted cancer therapies, regenerative medicine, diagnostics and treatments. Altogether, more than 150 thought leaders and industry experts will present their ideas on new technologies, trends, digitalisation and more. As always, there will also be extensive networking opportunities at numerous side events.

For its exhibitors meanwhile, PrecisionMed is a unique opportunity to showcase their technologies and services to buyers and partners across the healthcare industry. It is anticipated that the latest innovations from around 40 countries will be represented.

For 2023, the Summit is co-located with Emerge GHI, a global gathering and matchmaking forum for exciting health-tech startups and the industry’s most influential investors, providers and practitioners.

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23 – 25 May at DWTC

The Hotel Show is the Middle East’s flagship event for the burgeoning hospitality industry.

Connecting buyers with key suppliers for more than 20 years, it now stands as the sector’s original, largest and most influential trade event, attracting thousands of buyers and providing an unrivalled opportunity for professionals to network and do business.

In parallel with the exhibition, there will be multiple talks and seminars across a number of tracks. These include the HITEC Dubai Conference, The F&B Stakeholders Summit, The Hospitality Engineer’s Conference, The Hospitality Leadership Forum and the UAE Professional Housekeepers Group Meeting.

Other key features include the Chef’s Table competition, organised and managed by The Emirates Culinary Guild. Here, nine teams from the region’s top hotels go head-to-head and produce a five-course meal. The winner is named Hotel Culinary Team of the Year.

In addition, international and local artists will showcase an inspiring collection of work at Artist Avenue.

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23 – 25 May at DWTC

INDEX is the region’s leading interior and fit-out trade show.

Launched more than 30 years ago, it connects regional buyers with global suppliers, brands and manufacturers, providing an unrivalled opportunity for professionals to make contacts and conduct new business.

INDEX is co-located with three parallel events – The Hotel Show Dubai, Workspace and The Leisure Show – to offer an excellent proposition across the home, hotel, office and leisure sectors.

The event offers direct and comprehensive access to serious buyers looking to procure everything from contract furniture to accessories, décor and limited-edition pieces.

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29 – 31 May at ADNEC

As is true for many emerging technologies, vehicle electrification is experiencing rapid innovation. The Middle East & Africa Electric Vehicle Market is expected to witness substantial growth & business opportunities over the next decade. EVIS is unique by integrating inter-related technologies at one event, allowing attendees to network across the value chains and exploit new opportunities at the intersection of EV technologies.

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