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February ’24: Upcoming Events

February GCC Events - Gulfood & more

February is an exciting month for businesses in the Arabian Gulf, as it hosts a series of exhibitions across various sectors.

These events, spanning healthcare, defence, construction, luxury goods, and more, provide valuable networking and knowledge exchange opportunities for business growth.

One highly anticipated event is Gulfood, the world’s largest food and beverage sourcing exhibition in Dubai. Additionally, the Big 5 Construct Saudi opens doors to the USD 1.7 trillion Saudi construction market.

In chronological order, they are:

29 January – 1 February at DWTC

Arab Health helped generate US$1.81bn of business last year. The event now attracts over 3450 exhibitors from 70+ countries, with influential leaders from healthcare, government, hospitals, clinics, dealers, distributors, technologists, and investors in attendance.

This year, the trade show will focus on nine key sectors: medical equipment and devices; disposables and consumer goods; orthopaedics and physiotherapy; imaging and diagnostics, healthcare and general services; IT systems and solutions; infrastructure and assets; wellness and prevention; transformation.

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4 – 6 February at Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center (RICEC)

The Saudi International Marine Exhibition (SIMEC) is the first event of its kind in Saudi Arabia, focusing on fisheries, aquaculture, and related maritime activities.

It serves as a platform for networking with key stakeholders and decision makers in these fields. SIMEC facilitates trade talks and agreements between importers and exporters of seafood products. It also offers opportunities for partnerships with leading local and international companies and showcases innovative aquaculture technologies.

SIMEC aims to bring together all sectors associated with marine fisheries and aquaculture in one place.

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4 – 8 February in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Founded by the General Authority for Military Industries of Saudi Arabia, World Defense Show 2024 will showcase the future of defense through technological developments from around the world.

Attendees can be part of the second edition and experience a wealth of unique networking opportunities, world-class show features, and dynamic demonstrations.

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5 – 7 February at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat

IDF Oman is a design and decor exhibition happening alongside related dedicated events: Kitchen & Bathroom Show, Tile & Stone Show, Light Oman Show and Smart Living & Workspaces Expo, covering the spectrum of products and services required for the design, fit out and upgrade of residential, hospitality, office and retail spaces.

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5 – 7 February at Jeddah Super Dome, Saudi Arabia

An annual meeting place for the hospitality, foodservice, and beverage industries in Saudi Arabia. Each year, the event hosts a myriad of activities, including workshops, a culinary art show, and a barista competition, attracting exhibitors, visitors, and key industry players both locally and internationally.

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5 – 8 February at DWTC

Medlab Middle East is dedicated to the field of laboratory medicine and diagnostics. With an entrepreneurial spirit fuelling its mission, Medlab Middle East is committed to offering creative solutions that cater to the changing requirements of medical laboratory professionals across the globe.

Through connecting industry leaders, practitioners, and healthcare experts, this exhibition encourages knowledge sharing, collaboration, and innovation.

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6 – 8 February at DWTC

AEEDC Dubai, established in 1996, has grown to become the world’s largest annual dental conference and exhibition. It is highly respected in the oral and dental sector, providing knowledge and guidance to experts and professionals worldwide.

The 2024 conference will focus on education and innovation transfer, featuring a comprehensive scientific program and renowned speakers.

AEEDC also hosts specialist activities like the AEEDC Industry Symposia and Startup by AEEDC, fostering industry advancements and networking opportunities.

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6 – 8 February at ADNEC

The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), founded in 2005 by the WIEF Foundation, is a global platform for promoting and discussing current economic trends, while fostering Islamic ethics of peace, fairness, and equality. The Forum facilitates dialogue and knowledge exchange among government officials, academics, and business leaders worldwide.

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9 – 11 February at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

The MEFCC is a highly anticipated event in the region, serving as a platform for both local and international entertainment and popular culture. It brings together renowned brands in Film, TV, Sci-Fi, Animation, Manga, Comics, Collectibles, and more.

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10 – 13 February at DWTC

The Pan Arab Interventional Radiology Society (PAIRS) hosts the largest conference on endovascular and interventional radiology in the region.

This four-day event features a comprehensive program with high-level scientific content, focusing on interventional neuroradiology and endovascular neurosurgery.

With over 150 speakers, attendees can expect lectures, presentations, workshops, and interactive discussions on cutting-edge technology and image-guided therapy.

Sessions cover topics such as interventional oncology, embolization, peripheral arterial disease, stroke management, and more. Don’t miss the dedicated PAIRS Neuro program for discussions on neuro interventions.

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11 – 13 February at Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center (RICEC)

Beautyworld Saudi Arabia is the only event for the Kingdom’s beauty industry, offering exhibitors a unique opportunity to showcase their products and services.

It provides access to potential buyers, new markets, and sales leads. Exhibitors can educate the market, launch new products, and build brand awareness. The event attracts a diverse audience, including distributors, manufacturers, retailers, and beauty professionals.

The 4th edition in 2024 promises an exciting showcase for international companies to explore the local industry and secure lucrative partnerships.

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12 – 13 February at DWTC

Breakbulk Middle East is the largest event in the region for the project cargo and breakbulk industry.

It brings together key decision makers, project owners, and industry professionals to discuss large-scale contracts and make direct contacts.

With over 2000 companies representing the full industrial supply chain, the event offers networking opportunities and a conference programme to gain business intelligence and insights from previous major projects.

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12 – 14 February at ADNEC

The UAE’s National Search and Rescue Center will host the International Search and Rescue conference and exhibition in 2024. The event aims to attract speakers and exhibit companies from around the world, showcasing capabilities, experiences, and lessons learned.

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12 – 14 February at Dhahran EXPO, Saudi Arabia

Connect with up to 18,000 energy professionals, including senior decision makers, industry leaders and innovators who are spearheading the energy transition. Strengthen existing business relationships and establish new ones during three days of face-to-face interaction. 

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19 – 20 February at Festival Arena, Dubai

Professional Beauty Dubai welcomes beauty professionals, salon owners, colleges, and individuals seeking to embark on a rewarding career in the beauty sector. It serves as a vibrant platform for networking, idea exchange, and the pursuit of lucrative opportunities within the dynamic and ever-evolving beauty industry.

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19 – 20 February at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Retail Leaders Circle MENA is a prestigious event that unites the most influential stakeholders from the retail and commerce sectors, providing a platform for strategic dialogue, trend insights, and networking opportunities.

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19 – 23 February at DWTC

Gulfood, the world’s largest F&B sourcing event, continues to grow in size and importance. Last year featured over 5,000 leading companies showcasing 100,000 new products. In 2024, the event promises to be even more valuable, with over 1 million sq ft of products and innovations on display.

It offers opportunities for forging relationships, signing deals, launching products, and announcing new developments. The event also combines business with entertainment, featuring culinary experiences, masterclasses, inspiring stories, and thought-provoking discussions.

It encompasses the Gulfood Green Awards for sustainability, the YouthX Young Chef Challenge, and workshops on emerging technologies. Please note that confectionery-related categories will be moving to ISM, another event held in Dubai later in the year.

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20 – 23 February at Al Faisaliah Hotel, Prince Sultan Grand Hall,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

JS is a prestigious jewellery exhibition in Saudi Arabia that brings together renowned international and local designers. It aims to showcase luxurious and well-crafted ornaments to an exclusive clientele, including high-profile personalities and royalty.

A decade in the making, JS stands as possibly the most exclusive jewellery exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa.

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22 – 25 February at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel, Kuwait

The Luxury Show Arabia debuts in Kuwait City, with a strong emphasis on innovation, luxury, and lifestyle in all its aspects.

The exhibition will showcase internationally acclaimed premium brands and a curated selection of limited edition products.

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26 – 29 February at Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center

Discover new business opportunities in Saudi Arabia’s booming construction market, valued at USD 1.7 trillion. This event has become the largest construction exhibition in the country, breaking all previous records by doubling its size, visitors, and exhibitors in 2023. The numbers are impressive, with over $1.12 billion in business generated between exhibitors and visitors.

Co-located events include:

HVAC Expo Saudi,
Facilities Management Expo Saudi,
Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia,
Windows, Doors, & Facades Event Saudi.

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27 – 29 February at DWTC

The IPS is a three-day event that serves as a leading property sales platform in the Middle East.

With a focus on local and international properties, attendees have access to market-leading offers from both regional and international developers.

The event offers a range of services including workshops, training sessions, and B2B meetings, along with a high-level conference component where experts discuss market trends and regulatory issues in the real estate industry.

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27 February – 1 March at Hilton Hall, Hilton Hotel,
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

JS is a prestigious jewellery exhibition in Saudi Arabia that brings together renowned international and local designers. It aims to showcase luxurious and well-crafted ornaments to an exclusive clientele, including high-profile personalities and royalty.

A decade in the making, JS stands as possibly the most exclusive jewellery exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa.

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28 February – 3 March at Dubai Harbour

Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) started in 1992 as a local maritime event and has now become one of the world’s most prestigious boat shows. Over the past three decades, it has grown into one of the largest boating events in the Middle East.

Housing an array of luxury yachts, fishing boats, and cutting-edge marine equipment, DIBS is a locus for the industry’s latest trends and developments. The event not only showcases high-end marine craftsmanship but also offers extensive networking opportunities in the rapidly growing MENA maritime landscape.

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