January – Schools, Extreme Sports and Smart Homes
January kicks off with an educational slant, as the Schools and Childcare Show (12-13) arrives in town. This one-stop-shop education event draws together private schools, international schools, preschools, nurseries and educational institutions and is the premier event for any parent looking for schooling in the region.
Across the hall is the domain of the adrenaline junkie, the Middle East Extreme Sports Expo (12-13). A range of adrenaline-filled activities, from wingsuiting to freediving will take centre stage, with an emphasis on out-of-ordinary pursuits.
“A new order [has been] installed where people routinely multi-screen and OTT viewing is on the rise,” say the organisers of CABSAT MENA (14-16 Jan), a broadcast and digital media event. Visitors can look forward to some engaging activations during the event: a series of short films will be created from start to finish in just 48 hours, in a script-to-screen competition, and an Appathon will see ten teams of developers compete to create the best TV app.
For the industry-minded, the trade fair for security, safety and fire protection, Intersec (21-23 Jan) will witness a growth in several product sections and pavilions in its 20th edition. Extended sectors will include safety design in buildings, the third edition of the smart home pavilion, a growing jobs and career section, and a larger live demonstration area for drones.
Arab Health (29 Jan-01 Feb) is one of the most anticipated events of the quarter, as its position as the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region denotes. The 2018 edition of the event is expected to welcome more than 4,200 exhibiting companies and 103,000 attendees from 150+ countries.
Also at the centre are the Sign and Graphic Imaging ME Exhibition (14-16 Jan), the UAE Public Policy Forum (15-16 Jan), Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (23-24 Jan) and the Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University Graduation Ceremony (23 Jan).
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February – Food Trends, Pharma and Superyachts
After fifteen years of growth alongside Arab Health, MEDLAB (5-8 Feb) has branched out on its own and now celebrates its second year. As the best-attended laboratory expo worldwide, the annual meeting is set to welcome over 600 exhibitors and more than 25,000 attendees from 129+ countries.
AEEDC (6-8 Feb) bills itself as a ‘hands-on’ dental exhibition, this year with the theme of education and innovation transfer. More than 150 international and regional speakers will deliver lectures and hands-on workshop on various aspects of dentistry, with the exhibition also hosting products from over 4,700 exhibiting companies.
A feast for the senses and an innovative touchstone in the F&B sector, Gulfood (18-22 Feb) is not just for those in the industry. With various activations including Salon Culinaire, where you can see some of the finest chefs in the world flambéing, sautéing and piping, and a global innovation awards ceremony, the 1-million square foot hall is guaranteed to be packed.
Rethinking education is the remit of GESS (27 Feb-1 Mar), an educational event that covers neuroscience, digital and VR trends, with practical applications for the classroom.
Since its inception in 1995, Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies Conference and Exhibition (DUPHAT) (27 Feb-1 Mar) has exhibited the latest pharma products and technologies from multinationals. Alongside exhibition stands, the event will also provide researchers with an opportunity to present their papers to the industry.
Hosted outside of DWTC, along the Dubai Canal, is the Dubai International Boat Show (27 Feb-3 Mar). Inarguably one of the highlights of the quarter: serving up superyachts, their builders, and the latest amphibious toys and pursuits – the event is a must-see.
February will also see a diverse range of industry events, including the Bride Show (7-10 Feb), The International Family Medicine Conference & Exhibition (26-28 Feb), Leatherworld Middle East (27 Feb-1 Mar), Dubai Drink Technology Expo (27 Feb-1 Mar), Paperworld Middle East and Playworld Middle East (27 Feb-1 Mar), and Offshore Arabia Exhibition and Conference (28 Feb-1 Mar).
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March – Interiors, Aid and Energy Reform
How best can we sustainably provide emergency aid? This is the main question posed by DIHAD (5-7 Mar) in its 2018 iteration. Attendees will be able to watch as global humanitarian leaders – previous speakers have included António Guterres and H.E Ibrahim Bumelha – debate the question during insightful panel discussions.
Across the hall is Middle East Electricity (6-8 Mar), an industry event for anyone involved in the energy sector. As well as technical seminars and CPD-accredited workshops, a Global Smart Energy Summit due to run alongside the event will address specific reform, policy and incentives needed to drive innovation.
At ArabLab (18-21 Mar), over 1,000 exhibitors and buyers from over 100 countries will converge at Dubai World Trade Centre to discuss laboratories across a wide variety of sectors. Free seminars focused on specific industries such as the petro industry, food control laboratories or biotechnology will help to hone visitors’ focus, while robotics are expected to play a major part of the event.
From laboratory equipment to interior design, INDEX (26-29 Mar) promises to end the first quarter of 2018 with a flourish. Four days of lively design talks will be accompanied by various activations that promise to be real value-adds for visitors: last year, Style Guides were curated by industry experts, who highlighted the ‘not-to-be-missed’ exhibitor products and posted them to Pinterest boards ahead of the event.
March promises to be one of the busiest months of the quarter, with events also including the 8th Emirates Diabetes and Endocrine Congress (1-3 Mar) and AGRA Middle East Exhibition (6-8 Mar), which now includes a specific portion dedicated to the region’s aquaculture industry.
Also on is the Innovation Arabia Conference 2018 (11-13 Mar), which celebrates progress across the Arab world, Middle East Rail (12-13 Mar), Dubai International Wood and Wood Machinery Show (12-14 Mar), and Careers UAE (13-15 Mar), a useful touchpoint for the jobseekers in the region.
Dubai International Horse Fair (15-17 Mar) will see thousands of equestrians descend on DWTC to watch showjumping and live horse auctions among other exciting events, whilst those in the scientific sectors may look to attend Emirates International Forensic Science Exhibition and Conference (19-21 Mar), or Dubai World Dermatology and Laser Conference and Exhibition (19-21 Mar).
Towards the end of the month will see Middle East Coatings Show (19-21 Mar) and Surface Design Middle East (26-29 Mar) take the floor, the quarter ending with Workspace at Index (26-29 Mar), and the Big 5 Heavy (26-28 Mar).
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