As we step into the New Year, January brings a diverse set of prominent tradeshows, exhibitions, and conferences to the Arabian Gulf – spanning sectors like healthcare, security, and education among others.
Listed below are all of the major events scheduled at venues in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.
Each offers unique opportunities for networking, knowledge exchange, and business growth.
In chronological order, they are:
8 – 11 January at Sharjah Expo Centre
STEELFAB is a trade show specific to the Middle East’s metalworking, metal manufacturing, and steel fabrication industries.
Hosted annually in Sharjah, this unique event brings together industry professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers from around the globe to showcase their latest products, technology, and services.
It serves all the segments connected with the fabrication industry, including: Power Tools, Machine Tools, Welding & Cutting, and Tube & Pipe.
9 – 11 January at DWTC
DUPHAT is a vital event for the MENA pharmaceutical industry, serving as a leading educational and networking platform. It brings together the entire pharma value chain, from raw material suppliers to finished product manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy networks.
The event features a conference with industry leaders, researchers, and specialized sessions on manufacturing, packaging, and drug regulations. Additionally, DUPHAT Tech covers the entire manufacturing chain, and the Buyers Programme offers valuable business meetings and networking opportunities.
9 – 12 January at DWTC
The leading exhibition for commercial and package printing in the MENA region, Gulf Print & Pack will showcase the latest machinery, materials, and software.
With exhibitors from over 20 countries participating, the event will feature a wide range of products, including educational books, labels, packaging, and digitally-printed textiles.
10 – 11 January at King Abdulaziz International Conference Center, Riyadh
The Future Minerals Forum is a significant international gathering that brings together senior government officials and industry representatives, primarily from Africa, Western and Central Asia.
This forum focuses on creating resilient and responsible mineral value chains to meet the increasing demand for minerals and metals. It also explores the untapped potential in regions like the Middle East, Central Asia, and North and East Africa.
The event provides a platform for networking with experts, sharing success stories, and connecting with potential investors.
15 – 17 January at Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha
This show provides a platform for exhibitors to present their products, including wedding dresses, groom suits, and evening dresses, to a targeted audience. It also offers special areas for exhibitors to host visitors and hold business meetings. The event aims to foster networking opportunities and collaborations among industry professionals.
15 – 17 January at Kuwait Fair Ground
Dedicated to the hospitality and food service industry in Kuwait. This event provides a platform for chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and businesses within the food and beverage sector to showcase their products, explore the latest trends, and network with industry peers. From innovative culinary equipment to premium food and drink suppliers, Horeca Kuwait offers a comprehensive insight into the thriving hospitality sector of the region.
16 – 18 January at DWTC
Intersec is one of the world’s premier events for emergency services, security, and safety. Join over 1,300 exhibitors, across 12 halls, over three action-packed days. This year the event marks 25 years in the region.
Intersec covers products and services across the safety, health, fire, and rescue industries. It provides a platform for building valuable relationships with industry experts, government officials, and corporate decision-makers. It also offers access to the latest technological advancements and insights that are shaping the sector. Attendees can expect a diverse range of specialisations. These include homeland, cyber, and commercial security.
16 – 18 January at DWTC
This event, co-located with Intersec, focuses on lighting and building technology. The theme, “Enlightened Futures: How responsibility guides the future of light and buildings,” highlights responsible practices in the industry.
The event features exhibitors from over 30 countries sharing information on smart buildings and trends. It emphasises the balance between technical expertise and artistic vision while promoting energy efficiency, well-being, and environmental sustainability. Attendees can also access The Premium Club for networking and business opportunities.
16 – 18 January at DWTC
iFX EXPO serves the fintech industry as a platform for global business collaboration. It brings together industry leaders from online trading, finance, and fintech, including technology & service providers, digital assets & blockchain, retail & institutional brokers, traders, payments, banks & liquidity providers, affiliates & IBs, and regulation & compliance experts.
18 – 20 January at the Crown Plaza, Riyadh
SaudiDerm is an event for dermatologists, skin care entrepreneurs, and industry stakeholders. It serves as a platform for sharing cutting-edge research, innovative treatment methods, and emerging trends in dermatology. Participants can connect with peers, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and gain valuable insights into the dynamic skincare industry.
21 – 23 January at DWTC
Specialty Coffee Association is expanding its successful trade show in Dubai, making it a premier event for the region’s coffee sector. With a rich coffee history and a growing market, the UAE’s coffee industry is predicted to grow at 8.3% CAGR by 2027.
The World of Coffee will showcase attractions like Roaster Village, Cupping Room, UAE National Championship, Brew Bar, and SCA Community Lounge. Attendees can enjoy lectures, presentations, workshops, and connect with over 300 exhibitors. An exciting opportunity for coffee enthusiasts and businesses alike.
22 – 24 January at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat
Oman Water Week 2024 will exhibit cutting-edge technologies and solutions in the water industry. Participants can actively participate in valuable discussions, establish connections, and foster collaborations with industry peers, thought leaders, and experts. By taking part in OWW, companies can acquire strategic insights, explore business prospects, form partnerships, and contribute to the ongoing development of the water sector.
22 – 25 January (TO BE CONFIRMED) at ADNEC
BRIDE events attract over 23,000 visitors from the UAE and the GCC region. This exhibition offers a platform for brands to engage with a diverse consumer market of future brides and fashion-forward women in the Middle East.
Exhibitors at BRIDE Abu Dhabi can take advantage of a multi-channel marketing and PR campaign valued at over $4 million, ensuring significant exposure to affluent Arab and Expat women in the region.
23 – 25 January at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Join 300 senior executives, harbour engineers, port engineers, and procurement decision-makers from the GCC region, along with leading shippers, cargo owners, importers/exporters, shipping lines, freight forwarders, logistics companies, ports, terminal operating companies, railway operators, and port equipment and services suppliers.
The gathering will provide 50 exhibitors and brands with the opportunity to network with delegates from the maritime transport and logistics industry.
24 – 25 January at the Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre
WFC Fintech 2024 Dubai is an event that brings together leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the field of financial technology. The conference offers a platform for engaging discussions, exploring innovative ideas, and collaborating on future financial solutions. Organised by the World Finance Council, this event provides unparalleled networking opportunities and insightful sessions on the next generation of fintech solutions.
25 – 27 January at Exhibition World Bahrain
This expo aims to inspire attendees to live healthier lives by providing information on various aspects of health, including nutrition, fitness, mental well-being, and preventative care. The expo also provides a platform for health and wellness businesses to showcase their offerings and connect with a wider audience.
28 – 31 January at Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center (RICEC)
The Saudi Franchise Expo is a key event in the Middle East for entrepreneurs and businesses interested in franchising. It serves as an excellent platform for local brands who are considering franchising their business both regionally and internationally.
The Expo provides a unique opportunity to meet with industry experts, gain valuable insights, and forge new business relationships. It offers a range of services including consultations and educational programs to support businesses in their franchising journey.
29 – 30 January at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat
The Oman AI Summit 2024 aims to shape the future of AI. Endorsed by the Sultanate of Oman, it promotes international cooperation, investment, and support for entrepreneurs and startups in this field. The summit covers topics like AI in government, business, and economics. Attendees can engage in dialogue, explore technologies, and build partnerships.
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.
30 – 31 January at The Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), Expo City
FESPA Middle East connects print and signage professionals to explore new technologies, innovative solutions, and industry trends. It encourages networking, collaboration, and idea exchange. Key brands like Epson, CMYK, Mimaki, and Roland DG, will come together to showcase the very latest in wide format printing, digital printing, offset printing, textile printing, direct-to-garment printing, embroidery, signage, and much more.
30 – 31 January at the Makarim Convention Center, Marriott Riyadh
This event presents a valuable chance for universities to exhibit their programmes, innovations, and academic ethos. With its esteemed reputation, the event attracts prospective students and education enthusiasts, offering universities a platform to broaden their presence in Saudi Arabia.