Your Go-To Calendar for Tech/Startup Conferences & Events in MENA

It’s nearly the end of summer and if you are like us – you will be cheering with the thought of better weather on the way and the beginning of event season! Speaking of events, there are lots of great startup/tech conferences to look forward to!

Startups – now is a great time to begin planning for the must-attend events over the next 9 months. We’re helping you out by compiling this list of upcoming events in the MENA region to be on the lookout for!

Have a conference or event that we should add to this list? Let us know by emailing! We will constantly be updating it for your perusing! 

Euromoney Conference: Egypt

September 9, 2019 @ Cairo | Egypt

We are delighted to present a more focused and streamlined structure for the 2019 Euromoney Egypt Conference.

The brave new world of financial data collection, mining, refining, and monetisation will revolutionise financial services everywhere. It will bring huge benefits to many customers – particularly in relatively high-cost, rigid and underbanked markets like Egypt.  But at what cost? And what should incumbents and policy-makers do about it?

The Euromoney Egypt Conference 2019 will consider these questions and more. If you want to make sure you have a market, a company or a job in five years – can you afford to miss it?


Digital Banks and Innovators Conference

September 10, 2019 @ Ritz Carlton Dubai | UAE

The Global Finance Digital Banks & Innovators Conference 2019 will look at digital opportunities and how banks can utilize technology to help mitigate many of the region’s biggest challenges and, by doing so, keep pace with the changing finance demands of a youthful population. Discover how to make the best use of your data and how to develop value-added artificial intelligence services. With 300+ senior level executives from banks, fintechs, technology and business consultancies, government bodies and funding organizations in attendance take the opportunity to connect and be inspired by your peers either during panel discussions, networking breaks or via live demos that will be on show throughout the day.


Arab Future Cities Summit

September 16-17, 2019 @ Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel | UAE

This 6th edition of the conference, this leading Smart City event in MENA will analyze the rapid development this region has seen in order to evolve into one of the leading smart cities in the world. Smart cities channel urban development with its citizens at the heart of it, and the Emirate of Dubai has been leading the way in its various smart city developments and plans.


TakeOff Istanbul

September 16-19, 2019 @ Istanbul | Turkey

Biggest free technology event in the region; Take Off is bringing together the most disruptive startups, VCs, accelerators and multinational companies from all over the world for a four day of non-stop innovation.


E-Commerce Summit

September 17, 2019 @ Cairo | Egypt

The first e‑commerce summit in Egypt returns this year to drive the growth of e‑commerce in Egypt & the MENA region!

A grassroots movement to stir up the conversation on the potential of selling online, a place to educate & raise awareness on the inner workings of e‑commerce & a unique chance for top-tier players to network with different service providers & industry leaders, driving the growth of e‑commerce in the MENA region.


EuroMoney Conference Saudi Arabia

September 18-19, 2019 @ Riyadh | Saudi Arabia

A conference running parallel streams looking at the digital future and at the Kingdom’s growth story. Each session will have presentations, interviews, debate and discussion. Each will feature international and local speakers – together, on stage, discussing why the Kingdom is fast becoming the world’s most interesting new market. A variety of topics will be covered all centered around our core themes and designed to provide our participants with a great platform to understand, to partner and to grow together.

The Euromoney Tech Tent will showcase regional and international fintech companies who are building the future of finance. The Euromoney Knowledge Hub will run 30-minute live briefings throughout the day – focusing on new developments in finance. Euromoney Amplify will run a live global markets simulation all through the conference – with participants being able to play the markets as either buy-side or sell-side institutions.


Cairo Security Campy

September 21-22, 2019 @ Cairo | Egypt

Cairo Security Camp is an annual event targeting the Information Security Community of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA Region). IT Professionals and security practitioners from throughout the region are invited to attend. The Conference purpose is to gather, in one place, everyone interested in helping to improve and enrich the Information Security field in the MENA region. Our Goal is to raise the level of information security field in the MENA region, hoping that one day we live up to international standards.


September 24-25, 2019 @ Tunis | Tunisia

Afric’Up – Africa Startup Summit in Tunis is the return of the largest event related to innovation and African Tech, under the aegis and invitation of the Tunisian Government, Smart Africa Alliance, GIZ & Make IT.


Techne Summit

September 28-30, 2019 @ Cairo | Egypt

Techne Summit is an international multi-industry focused investment & entrepreneurship event that aims to impact multiple sectors and stakeholders of the startup communities in the Mediterranean region through showcasing different technologies and their application in each industry. The event kick-started in Alexandria, Egypt in 2015 and in 2018 has attracted more than 6000 attendees, 130 speakers, 230 startups, and 80 investors, all from more than 25 countries.


GITEX: Synergising the Mind and Technology Economy

October 6-9, 2019 @ Dubai World Trade Center | UAE

The most important week in the international technology calendar for the last 38 years, GITEX Technology Week is a must-attend, world-class event hosted in Dubai from 6 – 10 October 2019. This is where technology leaders, enterprises and startups from around the world come together to show you the future of every business and every industry, as it happens.

Startups make sure to check out GITEX Future Stars!


Travel Tech Middle East

October 8-9, 2019 @ The Oberoi | UAE

Travel Tech ME Congress is the key meeting platform, market place and knowledge center for travel professionals worldwide. This congress is committed to providing travel professionals with access to the knowledge and skills needed to implement the latest technologies that are changing the industry as well as utilization of new technologies and understanding best practices and future trends.


Startup Istanbul

October 18-21, 2019 @ Istanbul | UAE

Top 100 startups will meet world class mentors, investors, companies and media in 4 days. Exhibition stand, opportunity to access demo day, mentor hours, workshops, boat tour and even maybe chance to be on the main stage as finalist are for just selected startups. Apply now to join!


Fintech Abu Dhabi 2019

October 21-23, 2019 @ Abu Dhabi | UAE

FinTech Abu Dhabi will bring together 5,000 influencers and innovators who are pioneering the new wave of innovation across financial services. This third edition will establish FinTech Abu Dhabi as MENA’s largest FinTech festival, exploring the next frontier of financial technology and innovation. This will be the meeting point for the global FinTech community in 2019, featuring many country delegations, a new global challenge format, a FinTech World Tour, the inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi Awards for Excellence and a showcase of the world’s most promising FinTech startups and scaleups.


World Blockchain Summit

October 23-24, 2019 @ Jumeirah Emirates Towers | UAE

One of a kind gathering of 500+ curated & pre-qualified investors, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, Heads of Blockchain, Chief Digital Officers, Heads of Innovation and International experts among others who will be a part of powerful keynotes, workshops, government and enterprise use-case presentations, product exhibitions, panel discussions and tech talks.


EmTech MENA 

November 4-5, 2019 @ Jumeirah Emirates Towers | UAE

EmTech MENA will give insights on the latest tech applications in AI and automation, digital healthcare, and future cities, from leading pioneers at MIT, Hyperledger, Rolls-Royce,IBM, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Dolby Labs, and others as well as celebrate the 20 winners of the global “Innovators Under 35” awards at the conference. 

The conference is organized by MIT Technology Review Arabia, and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Future Foundation’s Board of Trustees, in partnership with Dubai Future Foundation.


PropTech MENA 

November 4-5, 2019 @ Dubai | UAE

Dubai Land Department is spearheading innovation in the property sector with the adoption of smart services and applications and launch of several innovative projects. Against this backdrop, the second edition of PropTech Middle East. Across two days, the event will focus on the digital-led innovations impacting the real estate sector, along with the trends, best practices and challenges in adopting technologies such as AR, VR, and blockchain, amongst others.


Vested Summit

November 7-9, 2019 @ Red Sea | Egypt

Vested is the world’s largest #ConsciousTech summit, gathering the brightest conscious tech minds in emerging markets with the world’s savviest, passion-forward investors to craft -and strike deals- that change the world.


Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival

November 25-26 @ Sharjah | UAE

The Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival brings together enterprising individuals and institutions in an environment that will have attendees inspired, informed, and immersed in all that the entrepreneurial ecosystem has to offer. Be it with startups who promise to shake up the status quo, or through speakers who get you to think differently, #SharjahEF is all set to be a celebration of (great) ideas.


Riseup Summit

December 7-9, 2019 @ Cairo | Egypt

RiseUp Summit: An annual entrepreneurship marathon that includes talks, sessions, workshops, pitch competitions and events, bringing diverse attendees (investors, entrepreneurs, VC’s, incubators, accelerators) from all around the world in Downtown Cairo. 


Middle East Smart Mobility

February 25-26 @ Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre | UAE

Middle East Smart Mobility is a strategic high-level conference and collocated exhibition with 200 speakers, exhibitors and 5,500 attendees from across the region, and representatives from the entire smart transport ecosystem.


STEP Conference – Dubai

February 2020 @ Dubai Internet City | UAE

STEP started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings, and over 8 years has grown to become the largest tech festival in the Middle East. With 4 conferences, more than 250 startups showcasing, and 8000+ attendees over two days, STEP is home to the best entrepreneurs, creatives, and digital enthusiasts.


STEP Conference – Riyadh

March 2020 @ Riyadh | Saudi Arabia

STEP started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings, and over 8 years has grown to become the largest tech festival in the Middle East. The last edition of STEP Saudi featured 4 content tracks, more than 100 startups, and 1500+ attendees. Riyadh is STEP Saudi’s home of the best entrepreneurs, creatives, and digital enthusiasts. 


SME World Summit

March 2020 @ Dubai | UAE

SME World 2020 is designed to get real, vulnerable conversations started. This is where Entrepreneurs will leave with new ideas and actions they can apply immediately to keep growing and getting better. The 2020 lineup will feature industry disruptors, seasoned entrepreneurs, and the best and brightest business talent. 


Dubai Lynx

March 8-11, 2020 @ Dubai | UAE

Dubai Lynx brings together top creatives, the world’s best brands, fledgling start-ups and everyone in between to learn, network and celebrate creativity in communications. Thanks to everyone who was part of the 2019 Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity.


AI Everything Summit

March 10-11, 2020 @ Dubai World Trade Center | UAE

The Year’s Most Anticipated & Empowering AI Summit for Governments, Businesses, Social Enterprises & the Creative Economy.


AIM Startup

March 24-26, 2020 @ Dubai | UAE

Launched in 2017, AIM Startup, an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy, aims to connect promising startups with investors and business partners from all around the world. It is set in the heart of UAE’s Annual Investment Meeting.


Seamless Middle East

March 25-26, 2020 @ Dubai | UAE

Seamless is the region’s leading payments and commerce technology conference and exhibition.


Future Blockchain Summit: Genesis

April 7-8, 2020 @ Dubai | UAE

Genesis is the first of its kind global community specifically created for technical developers to support and accelerate Blockchain development.


26th GCC Smart Government and Smart Cities Conference

April 12-16, 2020 @ Dubai | UAE

Datamatix will be Celebrating the 26th Anniversary of the largest global government and business event in Dubai: The GCC Smart Government and Smart Cities Conference. This annual event brings together global VIP’s, dignitaries, keynotes and experts including leaders and executives from UN, IMF, World Bank, OECD, ITU and other global official institutions for developing and positioning the government organizations at the pinnacle of global competitiveness and excellence.

In addition to the above events, we recommend checking out the following calendars for regular event updates across the MENA region:

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