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Cultural Crossroads Tahar Ben Jolloun ‘Cultural Crossroads’, which is on display at La Galerie Nationale, is a collection of works on canvas by the Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun. The poet, novelist and artist is best known for his novel The Sacred Night, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1987. He first started painting in 2013, and since then he’s had his work exhibited in galleries in Rome, Paris, and Algiers. The show came about because of the friendship between Ben Jelloun and Guillaume Cuiry, the gallery’s director and curator. It will debut during this year’s Dubai Art Week, and also marks the gallery’s partnership with the Institut de Monde Arabe, as 2018 is the official year of UAE-Franco Relations.

TMS Awards The Middle East’s premier shipping and maritime awards event The Maritime Standard Awards (TMS) recognise the achievements of the industry’s most outstanding performers and celebrate and reward their successes. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, underlining the esteem in which the event is held. The glittering occasion is attended by key decision makers from across the Middle East and Indian subcontinent. High profile personalities that have hosted the TMS Awards in previous years include journalist, author, political aide and broadcaster Alastair Campbell, Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit, former CNN news anchor Jim Clancy and Bollywood star Lara Dutta. The TMS Awards is a must-attend event for maritime and shipping organisations in the region.  

Taj Express at Dubai Opera Taj Express, the internationally acclaimed musical, will be coming to Dubai Opera’s stage this September. The musical tells the story of Shankar, a young composer who dreams of working in the movies, and follows his life as he struggles to break into the film industry. Audiences can expect to see colourful costumes and breathtaking dance sequences, as the glitz and glamour of Bollywood comes to Dubai. The musical extravaganza features songs and music from some of Bollywood’s acclaimed composer, such as the Academy award-winning A. R. Rahman, as well as Monty Sharma and Salim and Sulaiman Merchant. It features a cast of talented performers, with choreography from Vaibhavi Merchant, and is directed by Shruti Merchant.

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DigiMarCon Dubai Top speakers from the digital marketing industry converge on Dubai Meet, listen to and interact with industry thought leaders at the DigiMarCon Dubai 2018 conference, which takes place at Hyatt Regency Dubai from 23-24 October. Gain invaluable insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, best practices and share examples of successful global digital marketing campaigns. Attendees will learn how to build traffic, create brand awareness, improve customer service and develop better use of digital tools internally to drive more productive business outcomes with topics spanning the gamut of industry knowledge from content strategy and marketing to analytics, design and mobile marketing.

WETEX 2018 Discover the latest renewable energy developments The 20th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition is set to take place from the 23-25 October. The three-day exhibition will showcase the latest developments in conventional and renewable energy from around the world, as well as give visitors the chance to network and make business deals with fellow industry professionals. The event will also include free-to-attend seminars and talks led by industry experts, who’ll be discussing developments and the latest research on water, energy and the environment. All attendees will also receive a certificate after each seminar.  

World Green Economy Summit One of the world’s leading forums on the green economy The World Green Economy Summit is one of the world’s leading forums on the green economy, and it returns to the Dubai World Trade Centre this October. The conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss some of the green economy’s critical sectors, as well as focus on advancing the sustainability agenda. The aim of the summit is to achieve some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and drive dialogue between some of the industry’s biggest stakeholders. It’s set to inspire change around the world by highlighting new ideas and technologies. Attendees will include academics, government officials, business leaders, and NGOs, and provides opportunities to network and make new deals.  

Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) is the definitive fashion platform for Dubai and the Middle East

26th of October at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, Oud Mehta, Dubai.

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference The communications technology event comes to Dubai for the first time The ITU is the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency that specialises in issues concerning information and communications technology. The Plenipotentiary Conference is the organisation’s key decision-making event, and determines the ITU’s activities over the coming months. It’s held in a different city each year, and in 2018, it will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre for the first time. The conference attendees will be helping the ITU to bring the benefits of modern communication technology to people around the world, in a safe and affordable way.  

The Big Entertainment Show The region’s largest entertainment festival The Big Entertainment Show, the only event of its kind in the Middle East, returns to Dubai in October. The exhibition is set to host professionals from the television, film, animation, mobile, creative and design, digital content, toys, music, and licensing industries. Experts will be sharing their insights and knowledge of the ever-changing entertainment business, as well as networking. The event aims to promote collaborations and partnerships, and there are plenty of opportunities for attendees to network with fellow professionals as well as leaning about the latest brands and platforms.