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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.

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.

Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018   The region’s largest shipping and maritime industry event Seatrade Maritime Middle East is the region’s largest gathering of professionals and decision makers from the shipping and maritime industry. The annual event attracts over 8000 attendees from more than 90 countries, including owners, charterers, operators, and anyone involved with the offshore, oil and gas, and ports industries. Attendees can network, visit the exhibition, and attend the Seatrade Maritime Awards. There’s also a free conference programme, with talks and panel discussions from a line-up of international experts.

SEAFEX The only professional seafood event for the MENA region SEAFEX Middle East is the only professional seafood event for the MENA region. During the event, food professionals who are responsible for sourcing the latest in wild, farmed and value added seafood can discover new product lines that will satisfy today’s adventurous and increasingly health-conscious consumers. Product lines include fresh, frozen, canned, live, value-added, branded, and private label seafood along with marine aquaculture. This event is a must-attend for anyone working within the seafood industry.  

Gulf Host Dubai’s biggest hospitality and food service expo GulfHost is Dubai’s biggest hospitality equipment sourcing expo, which was launched last year by Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food trade event. Industry professionals can visit the expo to learn more about the latest kitchen solutions, from high-tech ovens and coffee machines to cutlery and tableware. Some of the event highlights include the Restaurant Development Conference, with talks and insights from regional restaurant businesses, and the GulfHost Innovation Awards. Visitors will also be able to network with buyers and fellow industry professionals, with the GulfHost Meeting Programme.  

Yummex Middle East 2018 The region’s leading sweets and snacks event Yummex Middle East returns for its 12th edition this October, as part of Dubai International hospitality Week. It’s the region’s largest event for the sweets and snacks industry, and is the place to be for all industry professionals, from buyers and decision makers to businesses launching their latest products. More than 8000 visitors attended the 2017 event, and there were over 300 exhibitors, from 43 countries, showcasing their products. Yummex is the place to go to learn about the latest trends affecting the region’s retail and foodservice industry, and potentially win big at the annual Yummex ME Innovation Awards.