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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.

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.  

Annual Radiology Meeting The Middle East’s leading radiology event The Annual Radiology Meeting is set to return for its third edition from 31 October to 2 November. The region’s leading radiology event, the exhibition and conference will showcase cutting-edge technology and research. A line-up of some of the world’s top doctors and professors will be sharing their knowledge and expertise, and covering topics such as Cardiac Imaging and Emergency Radiology. There will also be seminars and workshops, and a chance for attendees to gain a CME certification.

The Speciality Food Festival The original speciality food event for the MENA region The Speciality Food Festival is the original gourmet food event for the MENA region. This is where food professionals sourcing the latest in artisan, organic and international food fare can discover new product lines that will satisfy today’s adventurous and increasingly discerning consumers. Source superior quality products from four continents and benchmark industry prices from the widest cross-section of competitive suppliers. During the trade fair you will also get the opportunity to compare your cooking methods to those being employed by international culinary heavyweights and reinvigorate your food concepts for the coming seasons.

Dubai International Motor Show A turbocharged auto industry event The Dubai International Motor Show is the ultimate sales-driven showcase for global automotive brands and the trusted voice for a passionate audience of serious buyers. With a valued reputation of more than 26 years of experience, Dubai International Motor Show consistently delivers new business opportunities. The biennial event attracts over 100,000 visitors from 77 countries who are looking for exclusive motoring deals and all of the latest information on upcoming launches in the automotive world. The internationally respected event is a must for motoring brands and car enthusiasts alike. The exact event date will be announced closer to the event.

This new show at Children’s City, the educational theme park in the heart of Creek Park, aims to both entertain and educate the youth of the UAE. A daily show, which takes place in Children’s City’s state-of-the-art planetarium, takes audiences on an exciting journey through the human body, where they’ll also learn about friendship along the way. Children must be at least two years old to watch the show.

A free to enter Painting Contest for kids, from the age group of 4 to 16.